Crisis update – February 2018: MSF is in Yemen to support the Yemeni populations affected by the conflict on all sides of the frontlines. We work in 13 hospitals and health centres and provide support to more than 20 hospitals or health centres across 11 Yemeni governorates: Taiz, Aden, Ad Dhale, Sa’ada, Amran, Hajjah, Ibb, Sana’a, Abyan, Shabwa and Lahj. Read more on MSF's activities

Latest info -June 2018: MSF provides support to hospitals treating wounded from Hodeidah


A full-scale war has been raging in Yemen since March 2015 at an immense cost to the population.

Hundreds of health facilities across the country have stopped functioning due to airstrikes and shelling, and a lack of supplies, funding and staff. The rising cost of living has made it extremely hard for families to meet basic needs. Throughout 2016, medical services were in a critical state across the country. MSF scaled up its activities to address the lack of healthcare and to assist the increasing number of war victims. By the end of the year, MSF teams were directly providing healthcare to patients in 12 hospitals and supporting  at least 18 other health facilities. In 2016, more than 32,900 patients in facilities operated or supported by MSF received treatment for intentional physical violence, including war wounds. Of those patients, 15,800 were treated by MSF teams. With nearly 1,600 staff, including 82 international staff, MSF’s programme in Yemen is one of its largest worldwide in terms of personnel.

Attacks on MSF-supported facilities

Between October 2015 and August 2016, MSF tragically, and unacceptably, lost 26 colleagues and patients in four separate bombings of health facilities it runs or supports. The airstrike on Abs hospital on 15 August 2016 killed 19 people, including an MSF staff member, and wounded 24. MSF withdrew its staff from six hospitals in the north of Yemen in the wake of the attack, while continuing to support the facilities. MSF resumed activities in the north of Yemen in November 2016.


Our teams worked in the maternity, surgical and inpatient departments, and provided mental health care and physiotherapy in Al Jomhouri hospital. MSF provided assistance in the emergency room and in the maternity department of Shiara hospital, which was hit by a missile in January 2016. Haydan health centre was hit by an airstrike in October 2015 and MSF continued to work there until August 2016.

Read more about MSF's activities in Yemen in 2016.

Year MSF first worked in the country: 1994.


2016 Key figures

Outpatient consultations


Births assisted


Patients treated for intentional physical violence, including war wounds


Surgical interventions


Antenatal care consultations


No. staff in 2016


2016 Expenditure

€60.2 million




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