NFDHR is restarting the maternity and childhood hospital in Al-BaydaNFDHR:ADEL OTHMAN - Thursday, 22 March, 2018
The war has caused an almost total collapse of the health system and the suspension of health facilities, including the maternity and childcare center in Al-Bayda. This center, which has not been in operation for almost two years, has greatly affected pregnant and lactating women and children within the area due to the lack of an operating budget and health workers' salaries.
The maternity and childhood hospital is located in south of Al-Bayda city and provides women's health care, reproductive health and immunization services. The rate of access for women and pregnant women to medical care and family planning services however has decreased with the conflict.
The medical coordinator of NFDHR in Al Bayda, Dr. Faisal Jarad, confirms that the organization was keen to coordinate with the Office of Public Health and Population when choosing the maternity and childhood hospital for intervention. The most important part of this maternity and child health center is that it serves a particular class in dire need of services and is in a location that is well known, which means it can be of most benefit to women and children in Al Bayda city and its neighboring districts.
At the beginning of 2018, the motherhood unit was re-established, facilitating mobilization of women to the corridors after being operated on. With the support of the National Foundation for Development and Humanitarian Response (NFDHR) as part of the Health and WASH Integrated Response for IDPs and Those Most Vulnerable to Cholera project, dozens of women have been able to visit the hospital for medical care by women and obstetricians, for reproductive health counseling services and for vaccination against deadly diseases. In front of both the gynecologist’s office and reproductive health counselor’s office, dozens of women wait in the queue to meet the doctor. Furthermore, all women receive free medical services and medicines as determined by the doctor thanks to the project. Nevertheless, the number of women attending the hospital varies daily.
Dr. Mamlakh, a gynecologist and obstetrician, said “Everyday many women complain of diseases related to their sex, and they feel very happy when they know that the treatment will be paid free of charge. In addition to that, we receive between 50 and 60 cases every day, and the cases range from follow-up to pregnancies, gynecological diseases and other.” She does not hide her happiness to work in Yemen. According to her, she has been helping and treating Yemeni women for seven years.
The midwife Safia Saleh, who receives many cases of women and provides them with family planning services, pregnancy care, health education, and family planning counseling services between spouses, sees between 25-40 patients a day.
The hospital receives cases from Al Bayda districts, Na'am, Al Sharaf, Mkiras, Zaher, Ataffah and Latfa.