© Paul Cabrera
MSF has been working in Yemen since 2007. In the northern governorates of Saada, Amran and Hajjah, MSF provides medical care to those most in need including internally displaced people. In the southern governorate of Lahj, MSF works with local authorities in Radfan, one of the poorest districts of the governorate. MSF teams are also working in Al-Daleh hospital and Abyan governorate as well as a clinic in the city of Aden. In the first six months of 2011, MSF conducted more than 12,000 emergency room consultations and performed 600 surgical procedures in these programs.
In late September 2011, MSF had to suspend its activities in the governorate of Saada, following the introduction of new working conditions by the de facto authorities in the region.
Since the start of widespread demonstrations in January 2011, MSF teams have been donating medical material and performed training to medical staff in health care structures, including health centres run by demonstrators' committees in Sana'a, Aden and Ta'ezz. Meanwhile, the organisation is actively involved in medical evacuation and referral of severely wounded patients to hospitals. In the region of Abyan, east of Aden, where intense fighting has been ongoing since May, MSF is providing basic medical care to the wounded before they are transfered to medical centres in Aden. By the end of Octopber 2011, 162 pateints were transfered to access free surgical care and hospitalization.