ALERT – Yemen: Acute and urgent needs

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After two years of war, violence is part of daily life in Yemen. Handicap International is providing support to rehabilitation departments in three health centers in Sana’a, where it has already assisted more than 4,500 people since August 2015.

© Handicap International

© Handicap International

Handicap International provides rehabilitation care in a specialist centre and rehabilitation departments in two hospitals in the Yemeni capital. An average of 250 people a month benefit from Handicap International’s support. Since the start of the conflict in March 2015, there has been an increase in demand for rehabilitation services, already in short supply in Yemen, and a decrease in supply.

To address this situation, the organisation has trained 235 medical staff and helps case-manage patients. Over the last 18 months, it has donated nearly 7,000 items of equipment such as wheelchairs and crutches, and provides medical staff with consultation tables and other supplies.

Infographics on the kind of injuries caused by the used of explosive weapons

Civilians traumatised by violence

The organisation has also provided 4,500 people with psychological support. People who are injured in explosions and crossfire or witness the death of a relative are often traumatised by their experiences. Many suffer stress, depression or shock.

Handicap International organises one-to-one and group discussion sessions to help people overcome their problems. Talking through trauma or day-to-day problems and forging links with people with similar experiences can help them rebuild their lives.