Yemen: Badly Needed Medical Supplies and Health Personnel Unable to Reach Conflict Affected Areas of Yemen

03/31/2015
Map of Yemen

More medical supplies and trained health personnel are urgently needed in Yemen as the violence there escalates, but bringing in this essential support is currently impossible, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) said Tuesday.

Clashes across the country in recent weeks, in addition to airstrikes which began on March 26, have led to huge needs for medical aid in many parts of the country, for those injured or displaced by the conflict. But the closure of all the international airports in Sana’a, Aden and Hodeida, and heavy restrictions on the seaports, are hampering the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

“MSF is currently unable to deploy additional emergency medical staff to Yemen, where they are badly needed,” said Dr Greg Elder, MSF Director of Operations. “We urgently need to find ways to get humanitarian relief and personnel inside the country.”

MSF has already treated hundreds of people wounded in the recent violence, but the current inability to send in medical supplies and trained personnel means the situation is reaching a critical point.

The full article continues at http://www.msf.org/article/yemen-badly-needed-medical-supplies-and-health-personnel-unable-reach-conflict-affected on MSF’s website.