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Midwives continue to work on the frontlines in Yemen's conflict and now the COVID-19 outbreak to help save the lives of mothers and their newborns. At UNFPA, we support over 300 midwives in helping them to continue their heroic efforts in saving lives. 


5 years of conflict in Yemen has been hard felt by its women and girls. Here are 5 facts why women and girls are paying the heaviest price in Yemen’s brutal conflict.


Pregnant women in Al Mokha, in the West Coast of Yemen would often travel over five hours, crossing the sea in search of maternal health services. With the establishment of maternal health services at Al Mokha Hospital,  women can now deliver close to their homes without risking their life or that of their babies


To respond to immediate needs, the UN established a rapid response mechanism (RRM) to provide Yemenis with emergency lifesaving packages. Led by UNFPA, through the RRM, emergency supplies are distributed to families that are newly displaced, on the move, in hard-to-reach areas, stranded close to the front lines, or destitute returnees. A RRM kit includes ready-to-eat food provided by WFP, basic family hygiene kits provided by UNICEF, and female dignity kits provided by UNFPA.


Across Yemen, from an estimated 6 million women of child bearing age, 144,000 women are likely to experience complicated deliveries risking their lives and that of their babies requiring access to emergency reproductive health services. Most women cannot afford the transportation cost or hospital charges. At Al Kuwait Hospital in Sana'a, UNFPA with support from the Kingdom of Kuwait is supporting the Hospital to provide  nearly 100 cesarean sections a month free of charge to save mother's lives and their babies.


Salwa survived violence, war and displacement in Yemen, a divorce and mental illness. Today, she's a teacher and volunteer at a mental health facility supported by UNFPA, giving women hope and support. 


Yusra and her family were displaced to Amran, when her father had an accident and could no longer work to provide for her family. Yusra took on the responsibility by learning to sew at a UNFPA-supported safe space. 


Displaced by the conflict in Yemen, with no food to feed her six children, Om Abdullah found her suffering had doubled when her mentally ill husband started to beat her. Watch how Om Abdullah takes on the challenge to become the breadwinner for her family.


With support from the European Union Humanitarian Aid, UNFPA is expanding reproductive health services in rural health facilities to ensure health pregnancies and safe deliveries during childbirth. 


Displaced while pregnant with her seventh child, Enas was going to lose her baby. With access to a health facility providing essential reproductive health services, Enas delivers safely, four months ahead of her due date.