ICRC: Yemen lacks 70% of medicines

Sana'a (Debrefer)
2019-11-09 | Since 7 Month

Yemen lacks 70 percent of its medicine needs, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Saturday.

"Fewer than 50 percent of health facilities in Yemen are functioning, while less than 30 percent of medicines are provided," the committee twitted..

ICRC explained that 75 percent of Yemen's population do not have access to health care.

It said that since the beginning of 2019, one million and 270 thousand patients have benefited from the services of medical facilities it supports in Yemen.

Yemen has been devastated by a five-year armed conflict between the government backed by the Saudi-led coalition and the Iran-backed Houthis. The conflict erupted after the Houthis ousted the government and seized power in late 2014.

More than 11.000 civilians have been killed and tens of thousands of others injured in the war. Millions have been displaced and tens of thousands have fled outside the country.

The coalition has been responsible for the vast majority of civilian casualties, according to the UN and international human rights organizations.

The conflict has caused what the United Nations calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

More than 24 million people, more than 80% of the country's population, are in need some form of humanitarian or protection assistance, including 8.4 million people who don't know where their next meal will come from, according to the UN.


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