Urgently Needed Medicines Reach Hospital in War-Torn Aden, Yemen

05/06/2015
Map of Yemen

Last week International Rescue Committee aid workers were able to get lifesaving drugs and medical supplies through to the only hospital still operating in Aden, the port city in southern Yemen that has been bombarded for more than a month by air strikes on Houthi rebel targets.

The 22 May Hospital has been struggling to care for the growing influx of injured and sick patients from Aden and surrounding provinces since the city’s largest hospital, al-Jumhouriyah, was overrun by rebels during recent fighting and shut down.

More than 1,200 people have been killed and over 300,000 displaced by the air attacks and street battles that continue to ravage southern Yemen.

As the fighting intensifies, stocks of antibiotics and other medicines, anesthetics and IV fluids, and critical medical supplies have become dangerously low. There isn’t enough fuel to keep hospitals running on generators during power cuts, or to keep ambulances on the road. Some of 22 May Hospital’s ambulances have been looted and bombed.

The full article continues at http://www.rescue.org/blog/urgently-needed-medicines-reach-hospital-war-torn-aden-yemen on International Rescue Committee’s website.