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First national conference on women’s health in Yemen

25 September 2019

UNFPA organized the first scientific conference on women’s health in Yemen which brought together 300 professional doctors, medical schools’ academics and local and international organizations working in health sector from 13 governorates across the country.  The conference discussed the women’s health situation in the country that continues to worsen as a result of the current conflict. Different scientific papers were presented exploring ways to alleviate the suffering of women and improve their health and wellbeing. The participants discussed the challenges that mothers face such as high maternal deaths; pregnancy related diseases, as well as mental health obstacles. The importance of mobile health clinics and the improper practices that affect women's health were also discussed.

The participants were introduced to UNFPA’s Minimum Initial Service Package for Reproductive Health in Emergencies, highlighting the criticality of addressing reproductive health needs in humanitarian crises such as in Yemen.