UNICEF and Saudi Arabia extend vaccination program in Yemen

July 4, 2019

UNICEF and Saudi Arabia’s relief organization have prolonged a vaccination initiative for Yemeni children for another six months.

Greater than 12 million children in Yemen are desperate for aid, and 360, 000 of these under the age of five are severely malnourished, based on Unicef.

Under the contract between King Salman Relief Centre and Unicef, 1 .14m children are anticipated to be vaccinated, the center stated on Twitter.

The deal was cosigned by KSRelief Assistant General Ahmed bin Ali Al Bayez and Unicef’s regional chief, Eltayeb Adam.

“The project will lead to vaccinate children under the age of five and one, along with training nearly 2, 000 health practitioners, and 50 health supervisors,” Mr. Adam said.

It goals to improve vaccination solutions at fixed and mobile health treatment centers around the country to prevent nine diseases.

The two humanitarian agencies will conduct 600 field visits included in the agreement.

Four years of combating between the Iran-backed Houthi rebels along with the internationally-recognized government of Abdrabu Mansur Hadi has left the already impoverished world facing a dire humanitarian situation.

Practically half of Yemen’s health facilities are not useful due to staff shortages insufficient supplies, inability to meet operational costs or limited access, Unicef stated last month.

“Those health clinics that are running face severe shortages in medicine, and also equipment, putting lives at risk,” Unicef stated.

This year, UNICEF, appealed for $542 million ( Dh1 .99 billion ) to keep on filling up the massive needs of children in Yemen.

“The impact of the conflict in Yemen runs deep and also has not spared a single child. Mind-boggling violence in the last four years , high levels of poverty ; and decades of conflicts , neglect and deprivation are putting a heavy strain on Yemeni society , tearing aside its social fabric , fundamental for any society and also especially for children ,” Geert Cappelaere, Unicef’s Regional Director for the Middle East and also North Africa, stated this year.

The UAE, which facilitates the Yemeni government, has pledged over $4bn in assistance over the past three years.

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