HI works in Yemen to support vulnerable people and persons with disabilities as well as those injured in the regional conflict, which has affected the country since March 2015. The organization also supports NGOs to better include persons with disabilities in the emergency response.
Injured after a bombing on her hometown, Bushra, pictured here, was provided with a walker and psychosocial support sessions. | © HI
Since its return to Yemen in 2014, HI has been implementing actions to mitigate the impact of the crisis affecting the whole country, focusing on the most vulnerable people - including injured people and people with disabilities - and meeting the most urgent needs, as close as possible to frontlines.
The organization currently works in health establishments (hospitals and rehabilitation centers) in Sana’a, Hajjah, Aden Lajih, and Taizz governorates. Teams provide physical rehabilitation and psychosocial support - including the distribution of rehabilitation materials - to the people injured or left behind by the conflict. HI also delivers training and awareness-raising sessions to the physical therapists and other medical staff working on rehabilitation care and managing war injuries.
HI supports the humanitarian organizations working in Yemen to ensure that vulnerable people (people with disabilities, isolated people, women, elder peoples or children) are better taken into account within the humanitarian interventions and are not left out. HI also raises the awareness of people to the risks linked to the presence of explosive devices and mines.
Following its reunification in 1991, Yemen has been subject to chronic political instability and a catastrophic economic situation. Since 2011, the country has experienced a new spiral of violence which has culminated in a civil war opposing diverse political factions.
This conflict has become particularly violent following March 2015 and the military intervention of a coalition of Arab countries in the country. The war has since taken root, becoming one of the worst crises on the world with at least 100,000 people who have been killed; leaving Yemen on its knees and heavily contaminated by improvised explosive devices and mines.
Essential infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed by the violence of the fighting and bombing raids; and more than half of the country's health facilities (hospitals or health centers) are not operational anymore.
The main victims of this generalized violence are the civilian populations: over 20 million people require humanitarian aid. Among them, 16 million Yemenis are food insecure; and over 4 million are displaced due to the violence. Humanitarian organizations continue to experience very severe difficulties working in the country.
Number of HI staff members: 127
Program launch date: 2014