ICRC says women deprived of essential health care due to armed conflict in Yemen

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News/Sputnik – July 08, 2022) The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday that the ongoing armed conflict in Yemen is depriving women and girls of access to essential health care, aggravating the humanitarian crisis in the country.

According to ICRC statistics, more than 20.1 million people out of Yemen’s 30.5 million inhabitants do not have access to basic health care. Due to the armed conflict and crisis in the country, only half of the country’s health facilities are still functioning.

The conflict affects the most socially vulnerable groups of people. Some 4.2 million women and children are internally displaced and currently have to live in camps, lacking the financial resources to travel long distances to medical facilities.

The ICRC has reported that every two hours, a mother and six newborns die because access to qualified professional medical help is very limited.

Apart from this, Yemeni women suffer from serious illnesses, such as cancer. Women are often faced with the choice of traveling to seek medical help and being attacked, harassed or caught in the crossfire on the way or staying home in excruciating pain.

Yemen has been embroiled in an armed conflict between government forces and Houthi rebels since 2014. The situation worsened further in 2015 after a Saudi-led coalition joined the conflict alongside the Yemeni government and began conducting air, land and sea operations. against the Islamist rebel movement. The conflict has resulted in a major humanitarian crisis for the country.