Yemen: Mobile health teams reach 600,000 children affected by conflict

Mobile health teams in war-torn Yemen have successfully reached 600,000 children under five years of age with much-need services, the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, confirmed on Friday.

The children have received treatment for childhood infections, been screened for malnutrition, dewormed, vaccinated and given vitamin supplements.

More details from Jocelyne Sambira.

In addition to the children, UNICEF said that more than 180,000 pregnant and breastfeeding mothers have received vital services, including antenatal and postnatal care.

Since the escalation of conflict in March last year, more than 1,100 children have been killed, and another 1,650 injured, although the figures are likely to be much higher, according to UNICEF.

Christophe Boulierac, is a spokesperson for the agency in Geneva.

"In Yemen, which is now a country where the health system is crumbling, UNICEF and its partners have successfully reached through a mobile health team, 600,000 children under five years of age with life-saving health and nutrition services. For families who do not have access to health services, idea of this mobile health team is to go to them. Between 24 and 29 September, over 34,000 health workers spread across the 333 districts of Yemen, with vehicles, motorcycles, donkeys or simply walking long distances and difficult terrains to reach women and children in remote corners of the country."

In the past year and a half alone, because of the deteriorating health services, over 10,000 children died from preventable conditions such as diarrhoea and pneumonia.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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Source: United Nations Radio.