In Yemen, there are over 4,400 people living with renal failure, a condition where a person’s kidney’s fail and must go through dialysis. However, the war ongoing within Yemen along with existing sanctions and blockades has devastated the remaining health system.
MSF is providing medications and supplies that will be used to treat 660 dialysis patients over a six-month period. This support has reached four dialysis centers in most urgent need in Sana’a, Hajjah, Taiz, and Al-Mahweet, but most of the 28 functioning dialysis centers in Yemen lack supplies, causing interruptions in treatment.
Ideally, dialysis should occur 3 times a week. Immense strain upon the clinics and large amounts of patients have reduced that to only two times a week, in order for all the patients to have an opportunity to receive treatment.
In the Dialysis center in Al-Jumhori hospital in Sana’a, “I had to move with my family to Sana’a to be able to receive my dialysis treatment sessions at the centre here. The transport was expensive for me. There was a dialysis centre in Dhamar but every session was a challenge for them. Sometimes they don’t have the materials, sometimes the electricity is off. I and the other patients were suffering a lot,” says Yahya Abbas of Dhamar, Yemen.
Those with renal failure in Yemen seem to have been forgotten amongst the battle wounded from bombs and bullets. Because of this, they are one of the most vulnerable groups of people that need our medical care.
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