A plane with lifesaving supplies arrived Saturday in Sana'a to help fight the spread of COVID-19 in Yemen, the UNICEF said.
"In response to the increase in the number of cases of COVID-19 in Yemen, a UNICEF chartered plane on Saturday landed at Sana'a airport with lifesaving supplies to help curb the spread of the disease in the conflict-hit country," the UN agency said in a statement.
"The supplies are a range of medical assistance, including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) items such as aprons, boots, face masks and gloves for frontline health workers," it added.
"These lifesaving supplies were provided with thanks to generous support from the Government of Australia and the International Development Association-World Bank."
"More supplies, including COVID-19 testing kits are in the pipeline to arrive into the country in the coming weeks."
"The PPE items will help at least 1,600 health workers in primary health centers, hospitals and isolation units across Yemen to provide safe primary health care and nutrition services for a period of three months," according to the statement.
"These supplies will allow our courageous partners the health workers, who are working around the clock, to safely and more effectively address the spread of COVID-19," said UNICEF Representative in Yemen.
"Despite the uncertainty that the pandemic has brought, UNICEF is staying and delivering to reach children and families in need across the country. A robust and sustainable supply chain will allow us to continue doing our share," Sara Beysolow Nyanti added.
According to the UNICEF, the "outbreak of COVID-19 has created an emergency with an emergency in Yemen where only half of health facilities are functional and with almost every child in Yemen (over 12 million in total) already in need of humanitarian assistance, including nearly half a million suffering from severe acute malnutrition."
"As donors convene on 2 June to pledge their support for the humanitarian response in Yemen, UNICEF is appealing for US$50 million to fund its COVID-19 response for children and communities across the country," the statement read.