As Yemen enters its fifth year of conflict, the health sector is collapsing. Only half of all health facilities are functional and even these face severe shortages in medicine, equipment, and staff. Most of the health workers have not received a salary in the last three years. As a result, basic services have been disrupted, especially in rural areas, leaving 19.7 million people in need of basic healthcare, including 10.2 million children. Children bear the heaviest burden with a child dies every 10 minutes from preventable causes, including malnutrition and vaccine-preventable diseases.
The community health worker networks are part were set-up to provide basic quality health and nutrition services to the children of Yemen, even in the most remoted areas.
The European Union and UNICEF are committed to improve community resilience, support poor households in seeking care and reduce inequities between urban and rural areas.
They are supporting the training of women health workers, covering incentives, providing medical equipment and supplies so they can go back to their communities to offer basic preventive and curative health and nutrition services at the household level within their communities. So far, 1,527 community health workers have been selected and trained in the priority governorates of Sana’a, Sa’ada, Hajjah, Al Hudaydah, Lajh and Ibb, reaching 696,300 households, including 877,343 children under 5 and 389,930 pregnant and lactating women.