Yemen loses decade of health gains due to Saudi war: UN

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Yemen
Wednesday, 01 February 2017

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says Yemen has lost a decade in terms of growth in the public health sector due to the ongoing Saudi aggression against the impoverished country, voicing concern that many children are succumbing to malnutrition.

"Because of the crumbling health system, the conflict and economic crisis, we have gone back to 10 years ago. A decade has been lost in health gains," Meritxell Relano, the UNICEF representative in Yemen, said in the Swiss city of Geneva on Tuesday.

The official noted that 63 out of every 1,000 live births are now dying before their fifth birthday in the Arabian Peninsula country, compared to only 53 children recorded in 2014.

Some 3.3 million Yemenis, including 2.2 million children, are suffering from acute malnutrition while 460,000 under the age of five have severe acute malnutrition, Relano said.

"What worries us is the severe acute malnutrition because it is killing children," she added, saying that the provinces of Sa’ada, Hudaydah and Ta’izz were the most affected areas by malnutrition.

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