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Posted: 2019-01-17 21:34:58

After four years of war and subsequent famine and disease outbreaks, access to quality healthcare is extremely hard to come by for most Yemenis.

The impact of the conflict in Yemen has been catastrophic. Seventy-five percent of the population requires some form of humanitarian assistance, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. The World Food Programme estimates that more than 20 million Yemenis are food insecure due to blockades at major ports that prevent aid from entering the country.

For the New York based nonprofit, Yemen Aid, the struggle is personal.

Founded in 2016 by a group of young Yemeni-Americans, Yemen Aid has been working tirelessly to deliver desperately needed aid throughout the war-torn nation.

Despite the logistical challenges of delivering aid within a conflict zone, Direct Relief has shipped over 66 tons of medicines and medical supplies to Yemen over the past two years to local groups like Yemen Aid. Included in those shipments are Direct Relief Emergency Health Kits, which contain life-saving essential medicines and supplies.

Cholera Treatment Kits have also been sent to combat the cholera outbreak that infected over 1.1 million people.

Emergency Medical Backpacks have also been sent to equip Yemen Aid’s mobile medical teams providing care in conflict zones across rebel-held territories.

Strengthening Cancer Treatment for Women

The healthcare system in Yemen has been decimated in recent years, more than half of the population lacks access to even basic health care, and less than 40 percent of hospitals in the country remain functional.

To help address this medical access crisis, Direct Relief has partnered with Yemen Aid to build the “Pink Clinic,” the first ever breast and cervical cancer early detection center in the southern city of Lahj.

The newly renovated clinic is now open to the public and doctors see women from the provinces of Aden, Lahj, Abyan and Al Dhale arriving to receive free

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