UPDATE: January 2017

After 22 months of conflict, Yemen is a full-blown humanitarian emergency. After a short ebb in fighting due to the peace negotiations, airstrikes and ground fighting fully resumed, with huge consequences for civilians. All armed actors involved in the conflict, including the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis, are carrying out indiscriminate attacks without any respect for civilians or civilian infrastructures such as hospitals, schools or markets. Airstrikes are resulting in a disproportionately high level of civilian casualties, with as a sad example the airstrike in Haydan on 13 August which killed 10 people and seriously injured 28 children. On 8 October, an airstrike hit a funeral home killing at least 140 people and injuring more than 500. The main hospitals in Sana'a that received the wounded were supported by MSF with supplies to cover the needs.

MSF health facilities alone have been hit four times. The last bombing, an airstrike on Abs hospital on 15 August 2016, resulted in 19 deaths and 24 wounded, including an MSF staff member. The UN reports that over 600 health facilities in the country have stopped functioning due to damage or lack of staff/supplies and this is affecting access to healthcare for millions of people. Taiz city is one of the worst affected areas of Yemen, with intense fighting including daily shelling in the densely populated inner city. There has been no ceasefire here since July 2015.

Read the most recent crisis update (January 2017)  here.

Other recent updates:

Activities  2015 International Activity Report

Armed conflict escalated into a full-scale war in Yemen in 2015, exacerbating already massive medical and humanitarian needs and severely restricting access to healthcare.

The Houthis continued to advance in 2015, taking over the presidential palace in Sana'a in January. President Hadi fled to Aden, and a Saudi-led coalition supporting his government began airstrikes to recover lost territory, including the port of Aden. Meanwhile, the war allowed Al Qaida and Islamic State (IS) group fighters to reinforce their presence in the country. By year’s end, the United Nations estimated that 2,800 people had been killed and some 2.5 million were internally displaced. The healthcare system has been decimated: medical staff have fled the country, facilities have been destroyed and medical supplies cut.

MSF managed to maintain its operations in Aden when it was divided by a frontline. In other areas it also scaled up its activities during 2015 as much as security allowed, despite an attack that destroyed the hospital it supports in Haydan, Sa’ada governorate, on 26 October and another on its tented clinic in Al-Houban, Taiz governorate, on 2 December, which wounded nine. A fuel blockade hampered the delivery of aid, while fighting, shifting frontlines and airstrikes restricted the movement of people and humanitarian organisations.

Read more about MSF's activities in Yemen in 2015.

Year MSF first worked in the country: 1994.

2015 Key figures
Outpatient consultations 151,000
Patients admitted to hospital 14,700
Patients treated for intentional physical violence, including war wounds 11,700
Surgical interventions 10,400
Antenatal care consultations 9,800
No. staff in 2015 551
2015 Expenditure €38.4 million

Figures from 2015 International Activity Report
and 2015 International Financial Report

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