International Medical Corps is one of the few humanitarian organizations still functioning inside Yemen.
International Medical Corps mobilized an immediate response to the violence -which began in mid-March- and is delivering a comprehensive emergency response to meet the immediate needs of those affected by the crisis. Airstrikes, shelling, armed clashes and general instability continue to define much of our working environment as 2016 begins. The violence continues to cause significant civilian casualties and damage to civilian infrastructure. Despite current conditions, International Medical Corps continues its critical work and supports 17 hospitals, over 95 health facilities and various mobile medical units in Sana'a, Aden, Taizz and Lahj.
We continue to support hospitals and clinics in Sana'a through provision of essential medicines and supplies, mobile staff support and other assistance including water, which is trucked in. This assistance has helped these health facilities continue to operate. We also are providing assistance at internally displaced person (IDP) sites in the capital area and our five mobile medical units provide health, nutrition, reproductive health and WASH services. Additionally, teams are providing training on reproductive health services as well as separate, more specialized training for midwives.
In December, International Medical Corps became one of the first humanitarian relief organizations in months to deliver desperately needed medical care to beneficiaries in the Salah area of Taizz City that had long been considered inaccessible amid intense fighting. Our mobile teams also operate in surrounding districts of Taizz governorate, providing assistance, including reproductive health consultations, family planning services, pediatric care and nutrition services for children for severe acute malnutrition. We also deliver water to two hospitals within the city. This assistance has continued despite the end of the ceasefire.
In Southern Yemen, In Aden and Lahj, we have expanded our efforts to support more than 30 health facilities and hospitals even though security remains unstable. In response to an ongoing water shortage, we also trucked water to hospitals and health facilities in Lahj, enabling them to better serve their patients. We also participated in a campaign, along with the Aden governorate, to vaccinate over 17,000 girls from tetanus.