UNICEF director Henriette Faure warned of a “major disaster”. More than 12 million children in Yemen are in need of humanitarian aid, the UN says, as the HIV/AIDS virus has spread to most parts of the country, which is mired in the worst humanitarian crisis in the world, due to an almost endless war, while international organizations and UN agencies have issued an urgent appeal to save Yemen from a comprehensive breakdown of its fragile health system, as a pandemic. Across the country, which is already experiencing the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis and famine, driven by a conflict that has been going on for six years.
This came in a joint statement, issued by the heads and executive directors of 17 UN agencies and non-governmental organizations, to member states and international partners, prior to a conference they hosted online on June 2nd, from which they hope to receive $2.4 billion to cover their essential programs threatened with suspension and programs to combat the Coronavirus 19. The agencies that in the joint statement distributed to the media on Thursday, the source Online obtained systematic copies, “The Names of the Site” at the bottom of the story, confirmed their “readiness to remain and provide life-saving assistance to those who need them” in Yemen.
The statement noted that “official figures for cases of new Coronavirus infection as of May 28th reached 253 cases and 50 deaths” announced by government authorities. “More tests and analysis should be conducted to present a true picture of the device and the rate of deaths in Yemen,” he said. “However, as in many other provinces, there is a shortage of test kits in Yemen, and very different official reports of actual injuries.”
Official figures are being verified, according to the statement. “The cases of COFED-19 were confirmed in 10 of the country’s 22 provinces, which indicates a widespread. But testing and reporting systems are still limited and it’s possible that most, if not all, of the country have already been affected. “People with acute symptoms, like severe fever and troubled breathing, have been removed from health facilities that were full or unable to provide safe treatment.”
This statement stated that “Sanitation and clean water are scarce. Only half of the latrine works. Many functioning health centers lack basic equipment such as masks and gloves, not to mention oxygen and other basic supplies for COFED-19. Many health workers and humanitarian workers do not have protective equipment, and most do not publish any salaries or incentives.”
Despite the efforts of local health workers and international agencies, the health system is further degraded under the additional pressure of the Cofeed-19 epidemic,” the statement said, noting the disproportionate impact of the conflict on women and children. “Yemen is already one of the worst places on earth to have a woman or a child. After five years of conflict, more than 12 million children and 6 million women of childbearing age need some kind of humanitarian assistance. Their health, nutrition, safety, and education are already at risk as the regimes collapse due to fighting. More than one million pregnant women suffer from malnutrition. With the COFED-19 epidemic spreading across Yemen, their future is at greater risk.”
The statement noted the serious risks to most of the internally displaced, “who number 3.6 million, in unhygienic and crowded conditions, which make it impossible to isolate their body and keep their hands washed regularly and often blamed for the spread of diseases such as Kovid-19 and cholera.” International agencies say of their role, “They are doing all they can to help. Provides priority protection for the most vulnerable categories. This includes the elderly, the disabled and women. The agency strategy in Yemen focuses on the rapid expansion of public health measures proven against COFED-19 (early detection and testing, isolation and treatment of cases, contact tracking) ; Active promotion of personal hygiene and physical distance ; Mobilizing life-saving supplies and equipment ; “Aid for basic health and humanitarian services.”
In the joint statement, “But there is much that can be done in all areas of intervention. UN partners are calling on authorities across Yemen to report cases and all other relevant information transparently, as well as to adapt quickly and countries that could further reduce the spread of the disease.” The statement, issued by the relevant authorities in Yemen, “calls on the authorities to take all possible steps to eliminate the social stigma around the epidemic that prevents people from seeking treatment before it is too late” We have additional activities in the pipeline and we will support 9,500 health workers from the Cofeed-19 epidemic on the front lines, and deliver protection information to half the population.
The statement noted the importance of the basic programs provided by the organizations to more than 10 million people who are hungry every month, as well as aid to the displaced and treatment for those suffering from cholera and dengue, and 30 life-saving programs that will be closed in the coming weeks. It confirmed that the continuation of these programs “is more important now, as the Kofed-19 pandemic is spreading throughout the country, especially when we remember that hunger, malnutrition, cholera, dengue and preventable diseases.”. The 17 organizations are dealing with this tragic situation: “We don’t have enough money to continue this work … If you can’t secure additional money. That means a lot of people are going to die.”
“We had very little money to help Yemen later this year. The United Nations and Saudi Arabia will host a video virtual appeal for donations on June 2. Donors have started to give signals to support this appeal, but pledges are still far below what is required, most of which have not yet been paid. “Pledges alone and you cannot save lives.” The organizations renewed their rejection of the restrictions on aid work in northern Yemen, referring to the Houthis, indicating that you can overcome the challenges and make tangible progress on them, confirming their commitment to “ensuring that aid is received where it should be.”
The joint statement concluded by saying that organizations play a role in alleviating some of the worst consequences of the Yemeni crisis on civilians. “Only a political solution can end the crisis in full,” it said. We need a cessation of hostilities throughout the country, the ever-increasing humanitarian needs. If the political process has any chance of succeeding, in maintaining the stability of the humanitarian situation. We have the skills, the staff and the ability to do that. What we don’t have is money. Time is running out. We are asking donors to pledge generously and to pay pledges immediately.” The UN has been continuously complaining about the Houthis’ obstruction of their efforts, and their theft of some aid from those who deserve it, forcing many countries to withdraw financial pledges and leaving organizations facing a major financial crisis since the beginning of this year.
The Coronavirus outbreak, particularly in areas under Houthi control, which maintain the prevalence of actual infections in northern Yemen, has forced organizations to relocate many of their international staff in recent days outside Yemen, and to force staff to work from their homes. The UN says that the lack of transparency and secrecy in reporting information on the spread of the Coronavirus will reduce the chances of containing the epidemic in Yemen, affect the rapid response of the international community, and make sense of the countries that are providing the crisis and the need to provide the assistance Yemen needs to confront the Coronavirus. The Yemeni government appealed to the international community to help it deal with the Coronavirus epidemic by providing the necessary assistance and equipment to confront the epidemic, limit its spread, treat its health, and treat the disease with their salaries. It pointed to the challenges and obstacles facing countries, such as the concealment of Iranian-backed militias of the numbers of injuries in areas under their control, the escalation of military operations, and the intervention of UAE-supported militias in the work of institutions in Aden, which faces the largest number of injuries and the growing number of unknown deaths.
The statements were signed by the executive heads and directors of the following humanitarian organizations:
Abby Maxwell, Chairman of the Preparatory Commission for Humanitarian Response, Chairman and Executive Director of Oxfam America. Achim Steiner, Administrator of the United Nations Development Program. Antonio Vitorino, Director-General of the International Organization for Migration. Cecilia Jiménez-Damari, United Nations Special Headquarters on the human rights of internally displaced persons. David Besley, Executive Director of the World Food Program. Filippo Grandi, High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Gareth Price Jones, Executive Secretary of the Humanitarian Response Steering Committee. Henrietta, huh. United Nations Children’s Fund. Ignacio Baker, Executive Director of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies. Inger Xing, CEO of Save the Children International. Maymouna Mohamed Cherif, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Program (UN-Habitat). Mark Lukook, Emergency Relief Coordinator. Michelle Bachelet, High Commissioner for Human Rights. Natalya Kanm, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund. FAO. Samuel Worthington, Chief Executive of Inter Action. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization.