Internal conflict in Yemen, which began in 2014, has left many people without enough food, basic health services and clean water. Since 2018, FHI 360 has responded to the critical nutrition, health and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) needs of the most vulnerable populations by taking an integrated approach to health programming.
FHI 360 is working to expand access to health services, targeting conflict-affected communities in the south and along the Red Sea coast. In cooperation with the Ministry of Health, we are rehabilitating health facilities that have been damaged or neglected, particularly in remote areas. Our holistic response includes repairing broken fixtures, securing connections to clean water sources, installing solar panels to ensure a reliable source of electricity and building incinerators to dispose of health care waste.
We also are establishing comprehensive primary health care and nutrition services at clinics; providing medication, medical supplies and equipment; and training health facility staff in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. In addition, FHI 360 is training community health workers, who conduct health and hygiene awareness sessions, screen children and pregnant and lactating women for malnutrition, and make referrals to facilities for nutrition services when necessary.
Our WASH work in Yemen includes building water towers and water collection points to provide clean and drinkable water for local communities and internally displaced people.
Since 2020, FHI 360 has served as the NGO (nongovernmental organization) co-lead of the subnational Health Cluster, working to improve coordination among health organizations to enhance the overall effectiveness of the humanitarian health response in the Aden area of responsibility, which covers all governorates under Internationally Recognized Government control in Yemen.