Saeeda Gave Birth in The Dark with No Electricity
Saeeda is another woman in Yemen familiar with the devastating effects of conflict.
She was also provided with care by our clinic in Imran, where she gave birth to her daughter Fatima.
Luckily, everything went well and there were no complications with the delivery, apart from one challenge – there was no electricity and both she and the staff had to resort to portable lights.
Saeeda is overjoyed with the safe birth of her daughter and is incredibly grateful for the service that was provided – medical care, personal hygiene products and the support of a midwife.
For many, like Saeeda, seeking outside healthcare services is impossible due to financial constraints. People lack money to pay for the transport and the cost of basic services in other clinics.
One Million Pregnant Women Malnourished in Yemen
Food shortages have left an estimated one million pregnant women malnourished and threaten the lives of 144,000 women who are likely to develop complications during childbirth.
Malnutrition is widespread in Yemen and further increases the demand and pressure for medical services. Less than 50% of health facilities across the country are fully functional. Those that are operational lack specialists, equipment, medical supplies and medicines.
Currently, more than half of Yemeni people lack access to even basic healthcare, with 14 million of these in need of critical care. Pregnant and breast-feeding women and children account for most of this figure. Mothers struggle to keep themselves and their babies alive due to the lack of healthcare services available to them. These women are far from home, hungry, tired and giving birth alone.
How is Trócaire Helping Women in Yemen?
Thanks to your generous support, Trócaire is responding to the devastating situation in Yemen, working through the local church and other aid agencies to respond to this catastrophic crisis. We are supporting the work of Caritas Internationalis and providing life-saving essential support for women in Yemen.
This project aims to save lives through getting people to access very much needed health services and providing safe and sufficient water and sanitation. Along with our local partners, we are supporting health clinics and pharmacies to provide vital care and to restock medicines and supplies.
The needs are huge and the situation on the ground is heartbreaking. Yet thanks to your donations to Trócaire, we can support the safe delivery of babies and provide hope to women like Iqbal and Saeeda.