UNICEF: basic services in Yemen on the brink of total collapse

UNICEF: basic services in Yemen on the brink of total collapse

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Sunday that basic services in Yemen are on the brink of total collapse as the war in the country enters its fifth year.

In a recent report, the organization added that as the conflict enters its fifth year, salaries of more than 1.25 million government staff, including doctors, social workers and other workers in the public sector, have ceased to be paid for more than two years.

The report stated that the interruption of salaries had resulted in the closing or reduction of working hours for some vital facilities such as health facilities, schools, water and sanitation, and other basic social services.

He pointed out that the basic public services in the country, on the other hand, were no more than 51% of the total health facilities still fully operating, although they suffered from severe shortages of medicines, equipment and personnel.

"The war has pushed the health of society and obstetric care to confrontation with the increasing numbers of deaths between civilian associated with the shortage of resources."

In the course of the mothers mortality rate increase, from five per day in 2013 to 12 cases per day in 2018, according to the report.

The report, published by the Anadolu News agency, said  that these figures have more consequences since the death of the mother may lead to the death of its children.

Children who had lost their mothers often faced little chance of survival.

According to the report, one child of every 30 dies during the first month of their birth, an infant who has lost his or her mother is at a high risk of death, directly by reason of malnutrition or indirectly through increased exposure to the disease.

The United Nations has called on the parties to the conflict and the international community to stop the war, maintain the health-care system in service, increase resources and improve health-promoting behaviours.

For the fifth consecutive year, Yemen has been fighting a war between pro-government forces and militants of the "Houthi" group accused of receiving Iranian support and controlling provinces, including the capital Sana'a since September 2014.

In March 2015, Saudi Arabia led an Arab coalition to support the government of President Abdu Rabbu  Mansour Hadi, but its intervention four years ago did not lead to a military resolution and the restoration of legitimacy to the whole Yemen.

The fighting and the war raging on several fronts killed more than 70,000 people, according to UN Secretary-General for Humanitarian affairs Mark Lowcock, during a briefing to the Security Council on June 17th, 2019.

A previous UNICEF report confirmed the deaths of six new born children, one mother, every two hours in Yemen, due to complications of pregnancy or childbirth, and deteriorating health care, as a result of the five-year-long war.


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