Yemen is the scene of one of the world's largest humanitarian crises. Only half of the country's health facilities are still open. With the support of the Federal Foreign Office, the non-governmental organization ADRA is providing basic medical care for the people of Yemen. The Federal Foreign Office provides reports on its website about ADRA's work in Yemen. ADRA supports eight health facilities in the north and south of the country.
The Federal Foreign Office describes the situation in Yemen as follows: "Of Yemen's total population of 30 million, 21 million people need humanitarian aid. According to the United Nations, half of Yemen's population will be affected by an acute hunger crisis by mid-2021. The consequences of malnutrition are particularly dramatic for children: their immune systems are weakened, and infectious diseases spread more quickly. According to UNICEF, a child in Yemen dies every 10 minutes from a preventable disease. There are new cholera outbreaks every year, and more than half a million people in Yemen have contracted cholera since early 2016." The Coronavirus pandemic has further exacerbated the situation in Yemen, he said, explaining that, as a result, many countries have reduced their support payments to Yemen in light of their own difficult economic situations. This does not apply to Germany, which has allocated 200 million euros for the current year to the UN's support plan, which also funds non-governmental organizations such as ADRA.
Flexible working method of ADRA
Regarding ADRA's way of working, the report says: "ADRA always adapts its support to the concrete local circumstances. For example, if there is already a hospital, but it is damaged or lacks equipment, ADRA restores the hospital's functionality. Where there is no infrastructure, ADRA works with mobile teams. Once basic supplies are in place, ADRA hands over the facilities to development cooperation actors - and further support is provided by BMZ. This ensures a smooth transition from short-term humanitarian assistance to longer-term support from development aid."
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is an internationally active non-governmental organization. ADRA Deutschland e.V., based in Weiterstadt near Darmstadt, was founded in 1987 by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. ADRA Germany is a member of a worldwide federatively organized network with over 130 national ADRA offices and a founding member of the "action Germany helps". For more information on ADRA Germany: www.adra.de.
To read the original report of the German Foreign Office on ADRA's work in Yemen, please go here.
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