We have been receiving mostly women from Khamer town or places nearby. The most complicated pregnancies we used to receive are from faraway districts where women do not enjoy good health due to poor nutrition. We do not see many of them nowadays as they cannot afford the high prices of transportation.
These women and their families are the poorest in the area. Above all, they do not have other health facilities around. Many women are now delivering at home with unskilled attendants, which puts them in danger if they have complications or if they need a C-Section.
Some of those who can make it to the hospital come very late and lose their babies.
Me holding a one-day-old baby girl who was born in the hospital on 6 May. The baby is in good health.
MSF in Al-Salam Hospital, Khamer, Yemen
MSF runs Al-Salam Hospital in the town of Khamer, in the Amran governorate of Yemen, north of the capital Sana’a. The facility is one of only two hospitals in the entire governorate, and normally receives patients from remote areas and valleys in the north of Amran.
However, with the current shortages of fuel people are less able to move, and many patients arrive at the hospital late, or do not come at all. The fuel shortage is also having an impact on the availability of clean drinking water.
Khamer has also recently seen an influx of IDPs, particularly those escaping the airstrikes in Sa’ada, with some houses hosting numerous IDP families, while other IDPs find refuge in schools. Over 1,000 IDP families have already arrived in Khamer.
MSF is extending its support in Khamer by providing mobile clinics for IDPs, as well as clean water and non-food items such as hygiene kits and cooking sets.