Covid-19 has threatened to push many struggling families in Yemen over the edge, as they have lost livelihoods and loved ones and battled with a lack of information and basic medical services.
With the healthcare sector in Yemen already on the brink of collapse, many people with symptoms of the disease were unable to access treatment, while fear of contracting Coronavirus and the stigma attached to it prevented others from seeking medical attention.
Alhamdulillah, we’ve provided essential healthcare for thousands of people affected by the outbreak. We helped prevent the spread of the virus by distributing emergency hygiene items, facemasks, gloves and medical equipment to healthcare workers.
Islamic Relief also gave oxygen and personal protective equipment to healthcare facilities, and provided healthcare workers with training on infection prevention and control, and how best to care for patients with Covid-19.
We supported people in quarantine centres in Sana’a and Dhamar with ready-to-eat meals, hygiene and dignity kits. In addition, particularly vulnerable families received financial and livelihoods support through an emergency food assistance programme.
This enabled people such as father-of-seven Raheem, from Tawahee, to keep safe. Living in poverty, he struggles to provide for his family:
Every day, I go to the market to see whether or not I can find work. I struggle in this way from dawn until the sunset. Sometimes I find work, and sometimes I don’t. I either go back home with something for my family to eat, or return empty-handed…
We live in just one room, but its ceiling is damaged. I have been trying to repair it for six years, but I can’t afford it because I do not have enough money. When it rains, we have to find shelter elsewhere.
We also lack access to water and are really struggling with a lack of electricity. We are going through very difficult circumstances to the point that I cannot even afford the most basic food and medicine. My wife has cervical cancer, and we cannot treat her. Whenever my children get sick, we struggle to send them to the nearest health facility.
The conflict has taken its toll on the family and the added pressure of Covid-19 had made life even more difficult:
The war has meant that life has become tough. Due to the severe poverty and starvation… Covid-19 made an already difficult situation even worse.
It has left me feeling devastated and depressed. Most of my neighbours’ conditions are equally as dire. The pandemic meant that we could not even go out to look for work.
Thankfully, we were able to support Raheem, who now dreams of a better future for his family with the help of Islamic Relief:
Islamic Relief provided much-needed support. They provided me with food, helping me to feed my family during the pandemic.
I hope that my house is repaired and that my children can go to school and start studying, so that they may have a bright future.
Alhamdulillah, our team on the ground is offering a critical lifeline.
We’re working to support the collapsing healthcare system in Yemen, providing life-saving care to some of the world’s most vulnerable people. We assist health centres, hospitals, renal dialysis centres, prosthetic and physiotherapy centres, providing them with the equipment and training they so desperately need.
We strengthen the management of childhood illnesses and reproductive health programmes by training health workers.
We also provide health facilities with essential medication, laboratory solutions and vital equipment. This includes medical machines required for manufacturing artificial limbs and specialist equipment required for gynaecology, orthopaedics, paediatrics, psychiatry and more.
Thank you to those supporting our work in Yemen. You truly are life-savers.