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29 May 2020
A midwife performs house calls in a conflict-affected village in Yemen. Maternal health services are being rolled back amid funding shortages. © UNFPA Yemen

A matter of life and death for Yemen’s women and girls as funding dries up

Hajjah, Yemen – In mid-May, just as the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Yemen, funding for UNFPA’s life-saving reproductive health services dried up. UNFPA has been forced to suspend the provision of... Read more

23 May 2020
A woman recovers from fistula treatment surgery in Yemen. Obstetric fistula almost entirely preventable; its persistence is a sign of global social injustice. © UNFPA Yemen

In Yemen and around the world, obstetric fistula strikes the most vulnerable women

AL HUDAYDAH, Yemen – Five years ago, Marwa* was a child bride living in the port city of Al Hudaydah. “I was almost 17 years old, and happy with my new life. I was a new bride and I got pregnant fast... Read more

20 May 2020
A woman at a safe space in Raymah sews face masks for her community. © RFDH/UNFPA

With Yemen’s health system approaching a breaking point, displaced women sew face masks to protect community

SANA’A, Yemen – With more than 130 confirmed cases  of COVID-19, Yemen is struggling to keep the full impact of the pandemic at bay, even as funds for life-sustaining health services are running out... Read more

10 May 2020
A woman and her newborn at a UNFPA-supported health centre. More than 100 health facilities are at risk of closing. © UNFPA Yemen

COVID-19 strikes Yemen as humanitarian funding dries up

SANA’A, Yemen – On 10 April, Yemen announced its first laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19. Since then, 34 more cases and 7 deaths have been reported. Health workers, already stretched to the limit... Read more

6 May 2020
Press Release

Urgent funding needed to protect health and safety of women and girls in Yemen amidst COVID-19

NEW YORK, USA, 6 May 2020 - More than 48,000 women could die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth in Yemen,  the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, due to severe funding shortages and the... Read more

24 April 2020

UNFPA-led Rapid Response Mechanism Activated as Floods Hit Yemen

Torrential rains and flooding since mid-April impacted more than 100,000 people across Yemen. Flooding has damaged roads, bridges and the electricity grid, and contaminated water supplies, cutting... Read more

9 April 2020

Regional Directors of UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA and ESCWA open letter to Arab region governments

At the beginning of this week, the United Nations Secretary-General issued an appeal to stop violence everywhere including violence in the home. As Directors of the four United Nations Agencies who... Read more

9 April 2020
After a complicated delivery, triplet boys were discharged in good health. Distance, conflict and the threat of the global pandemic kept their mother from seeking maternal health care. © BFD/UNFPA Yemen

Delivering triplets in war-torn Yemen, under shadow of pandemic

AL HUDAYDAH, Yemen – Living on the mountainous front lines of Yemen’s brutal conflict, 28-year-old Aisha Hussain Sibtan was unable to access antenatal care during her second pregnancy. Reaching the... Read more

25 March 2020

UNFPA statement on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and pregnancy

UNFPA, the UN sexual and reproductive health agency, is closely monitoring and working with partners, governments and UN agencies to address the outbreak of the new Coronavirus disease (COVID-19),... Read more

19 March 2020
Press Release

UNFPA Welcomes Japan’s Support for Women’s Protection in Yemen

Sana’a, 19 March 2020 – The Government of Japan donated USD $818,181 in support of UNFPA’s interventions to improve lifesaving protection services for vulnerable and displaced women and girls across... Read more