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Saudi Arabia Leads International Efforts Addressing Yemen’s Health Crisis | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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A health worker administers the polio vaccine to children in Yemen. Photo: Reuters

Riyadh- Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid currently leads international efforts for rehabilitating hospitals and the health sector in Yemen, the Saudi state-owned news agency SPA said.

The center works through organized programs committed to providing medical services which have been afflicted by the chaos created by a local insurgency.

The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center has provided treatment for over 250,000 children suffering from malnutrition in Yemen, amid reports of ongoing violations staged by Iran-aligned Houthi militias.

The center also provided 12 million vaccines for Yemeni children against measles, rubella, tetanus and whooping cough, SPA reported.

At least 58 trucks carrying more than 600 tons of medical supplies to all Yemeni provinces, starting with Aden and Marib.

Funded by the Center and in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the King Salman Center managed to open many centers as part of the therapeutic nutrition program and published several mobile teams providing medical treatment and following-up cases of acute malnutrition continuously.

In the cities of Al-Dhalea and Shabwa, the center managed to provide training for 3153 health workers on dealing with acute malnutrition, opened 854 centers of treating nutrition programs, deployed new mobile teams all over Yemen and provided treatment for 258,067 children suffering from acute malnutrition.

The center also formed 29 new teams to reach remote areas which provided the vaccines for 8,111 children suffering from malnutrition and provided vitamins to some 73,000 child.

With the support of the center, an epidemic of dengue fever was tackled through employing an electronic system for early warning of diseases in 1,242 regions covering 312 directorates.

Health workers have been trained in identifying and reporting early warning signs of epidemics, including dengue fever.

More so, the center provided 12,000,000 vaccines for measles and rubella diseases in addition to tetanus and whooping cough to Yemeni children.

King Salman center, in partnership with the WHO, was able to provide medical tests and treatment and raise awareness in Yemen.

As many as 17,280 children have been treated, 3,528 benefited from a series of health acculturation sessions, provided support for treating nutrition centers in seven provinces, including Aden, Lahij and Taiz.