Yemen: Health

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered at on 29 September 2020.

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Photo of Lord Patten Lord Patten Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the current health situation in Yemen; and how much (1) aid, and (2) medical supplies, they intend to provide to that country in the current financial year.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK Government is extremely concerned by the current capacity of the healthcare system in Yemen, with less than half of Yemen's health facilities functioning and almost 20 million people lacking access to basic healthcare.

This situation is being exacerbated by a major outbreak of COVID-19, with UK modelling showing that a worst-case scenario could result in up to 85,000 deaths.

In response, through our funding this year we expect to provide over 600,000 medical consultations, train 15,000 healthcare workers to work safely in COVID-19 environments and provide much-needed medical supplies to 600 health centres so that they can continue to deliver existing health services.

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