Yemen: Extension of EU-funded Health Project

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

We are extremely pleased that collaboration support in Yemen under European Union (EU) financing will continue for an additional seven months. With the war-torn country experiencing extreme hardship and widespread medical shortages, EPOS inputs are contributing to prevent a total collapse of the health system. 

•             We will scale up training interventions on emergency-response in Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care and Community-Based Maternal and Neonatal Care. These were recognized as crucial during discussions around the upcoming national RH strategy. We have adjusted measures on basis of our lessons learned during the previous training modules and target them even better to the specific needs of the population.
•          We support the ministry in performing coordination and M&E activities and in updating the status of the Health Information System (HMIS) in targeted governorates, further enhancing its stewardship role in a precarious situation.
•          We support the ministry at central and governorate level in developing health sector plans for 2018 and introducing elements of conflict-sensitive planning.
•           We roll out interventions at central level to the peripheral level of the health system supporting the Health Development Councils (HDCs).
•          We continue our support to HDCs and local NGOs to enhance sustainability of achieved outcomes and to increase resilience of the local communities.
The EU funded and EPOS implemented project ‘Support for Effective Stewardship of the Yemeni Health Sector’ develops capacities that enable the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MoPHP) to effectively steer its sectors and departments internally as well as to lead the subnational governance levels and development partners.
Since June 2014 the project provides critical technical support to the MoPHP while operating in the context of a severely disrupted health system since civil war erupted in Yemen in March 2015. The onset of conflict initially curtailed project reform initiatives due to a change in central leadership and instability from ongoing armed conflict.
Air strikes and violence associated with the conflict as well as a current widespread cholera outbreak have called for a revision of the technical assistance to include increased support to the governorate health offices and their corresponding health development councils (HDCs) and a critical need for first aid, mass casualty and primary health care capacities,.
Support focuses primarily on activities that strengthen emergency-response, including training courses on enhancing skills in trauma life support, infection prevention, neonatal care, preparedness and mass causality management. Since the start of civil war in 2015, the project team and national health care counterparts have been able to implement more than 1,000 capacity building and training activities, delivering emergency health care training and primary health care support services in line with MoPHP measures.
We thank our dedicated team working both inside and outside of Yemen for their excellent results and outstanding commitment!