School is out for the summer in Yemen, but the cholera outbreak and ongoing civil war show no signs of slowing down. Anesthesiologist Kariantti blogs.
Anesthesiologist Kariantti follows up on a young patient in Yemen who had been shot in the abdomen...
"Yesterday, as we were performing a c-section on a mother with severe pre-eclampsia, the surgeon informed us about a 40-year-old woman with a gun-shot wound to the abdomen, who needed an immediate operation."
Anesthesiologist Kariantti blogs about young patients with tragic conditions.
Yemen is in the grip of a brutal civil war, and millions of people there have no access to healthcare. From emergency c-sections to exploratory surgery, anaesthesiologist Kariantti blogs about the first three days of his new assignment...
Conflict in Yemen has been increasing for several months. Since 19 March, more than 3,800 war-wounded people have received emergency treatment in our projects across Yemen.
This number of patients comes despite blocking of major access roads leading to medical facilities, attacks on Ministry of Health ambulances and killing of Red Crescent staff, and scores of injured lying in the street for hours as sniper fire and intense street-to-street fighting prevents help reaching them.
Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the Middle East, with some people living in almost inaccessible areas receiving little or no health care. In urban areas many Yemeni people are subject to violence and general instability.
MSF treats patients according to medical ethics and impartiality.
MSF in Yemen
We have a total of 565 staff working in the country: 31 international staff and 534 Yemeni staff. Some of our staff are sharing their experiences on this blog.
Around 100 tonnes of medical supplies have been sent by MSF to Yemen to date.
As well as treating people wounded by the violence, MSF has also donated medical supplies to hospitals in Sana’a, Aden, Saadah, and Lahj governorates.