YEMEN, October 22, 2020 – Earlier this month, Baitulmaal, a Dallas-based international humanitarian relief agency, sent a $4 million shipment of 10 medical supply containers to Yemen to bolster its strained health sector ahead of the winter season.
This round of humanitarian aid will provide 400 pallets of life-saving medical supplies that will be distributed across 65 medical facilities in Yemen to support a health system which is suffering from the lack of facilities equipped with medications and supplies.
According to the charity’s representatives, access to healthcare is nearly nonexistent for displaced Yemenis.
“Many Yemenis have to walk miles while sick to access medical care in facilities that are already operating with threadbare resources,” said Elizabeth Sohail, programs manager for Baitulmaal. “These supplies will be a life-saver for many families this winter.”
As part of ongoing emergency relief efforts in Yemen, Baitulmaal’s COVID-19 response measures included providing clean water and hygiene kits in addition to conducting awareness and educational sessions for the prevention of COVID-19.
The United Nations considers Yemen to be the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, and the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 17.9 million people do not have access to basic healthcare in Yemen. Earlier this year, severe flooding exacerbated the health crisis in Yemen, fueling widespread outbreaks of deadly diseases such as cholera, dengue, malaria, and diphtheria. The coronavirus pandemic is further devastating a compromised population which is hungry, destitute, and vulnerable to illness.
Since 2018, Baitulmaal has sent over $5.6 million in aid that provided meals, antibiotics, medical supplies, and hygiene kits to Yemen. If you would like to learn more or to contribute to the emergency relief programs at Baitulmaal, please visit their website at Baitulmaal.org.
Baitulmaal is an international humanitarian aid organization that provides life-saving, life-sustaining and life-enriching aid to people in need around the world. With headquarters in Dallas, the charity has offices in Los Angeles, Chicago and Detroit as well as international offices in Jordan, Kenya and Pakistan.
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