Restoring strength: the vital role of health and nutrition centers in Yemen

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The midwife advises the mother about the ideal diet for the infant in the first months and explaining what are appropriate and prohibited foods for the child.
Wednesday, April 3, 2024

A silent but fierce battle against malnutrition is raging in Yemen, an ongoing crisis that has long enveloped its resilient communities.

The challenges of malnutrition in the region are profound. Hamdi, a nurse who serves with relentless dedication at one of the health facilities supported by World Vision and its partner Medair in Al Milah District Lahj Governorate, reveals that poverty is the number 1 enemy. Many families that are struggling financially have to skip meals regularly, often times only eating once a day. In some cases, the problem is not only the scarcity in food but also gap in nutritional knowledge which leads to high numbers of malnutrition among children. Amidst these challenges, Hamdi notes that, since World Vision and Medair became active, they see increased community health, a testament to the effectiveness of the outreach and volunteer programs. These programs have been crucial in teaching parents how to recognise and treat malnutrition early, turning despair to hope.


Hadi, the manager of the health facility, shares about the changes within the clinic: “With the support of World Vision and Medair, the clinic became an important hub for food and medical assistance. The addition of a general practitioner was significant, filling a necessary gap and a major challenge. This coupled with the installation of a fully equipped pharmacy, modern medical equipment and advanced health services has greatly improved the facility’s capacity to care for the community.”

The progress did not stop: The introduction of surgical machines and solar systems has further moved the healthcare facility into a new era of sustainability and resilience. Additionally, a comprehensive water connection project was initiated to address another important public health and sanitation issue.

Volunteers, the unsung heroes in this story, were instrumental in the success of the clinic. Active work in early detection of malnutrition cases in the surrounding communities significantly reduced the risks associated with delayed treatment. Their efforts have bridged the gap between the health facility and the community, ensuring that no issue goes unnoticed and that any child or mother in need receives care in a timely manner.


The problem of malnutrition in Yemen is staggering, yet even worsening in 2024. Over 45% of the population are suffering of acute severe malnutrition. According to the UN 5 million children under five need treatment for acute malnutrition.

While these numbers are alarming, organisations like World Vision and Medair, are steadfast in their commitment to mitigate the situation. This partnership has created waves of positive change. However, the work is far from over. Ongoing support is essential to sustain and expand these efforts, reaching the most vulnerable individuals and communities.