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Marib (Yemen): The opening of the first health centre in Yemen’s largest displacement camp Al Jufainah with poor health conditions by International Organization for Migration’s (IOM) on March 8 has filled in a critical service gap in Yemen’s health infrastructure to meet the health needs of 5,000 displaced families, media reports said.
Dr Al-Qhadi treats her first patient after the Al Jufainah health centre opened. Image credit: IOM/Olivia Headon
IOM has been providing dedicated immediate humanitarian assistance to a large number of displaced people hosted by Marib and its surrounding cities since the start of the conflict.
Representatives from the Marib Governorate Health Office, the Executive Unit for Internally Displaced Persons, Al Jufainah Camp Leaders and IOM’s Marib team attended the official opening of the health centre.
“We are now better able to combat infectious diseases and provide support to people with chronic illnesses in this camp,” said Dr Samar Al-Qadi, a doctor working in the new health centre.
Nearly 100 patients are expected to be seen daily by the new health centre, which is equipped with an examination rooms, small laboratory, pharmacy and in-patient, and staffed by a team of experienced health professionals, a midwife, pharmacist, lab technician and nutrition and vaccination assistants on staff.
Operation of two mobile health clinics in the vast Al Jufainah camp by IOM faciliates those unable to travel to the new centre.
Two more mobile clinics operating in nearby displacement sites are equipped with ambulances services for people who need to be transferred to the IOM clinic or a hospital outside the camp.
An average of 160 people per day are being treated by these mobile health clinics.
IOM’s health programming in Marib is supported by the Yemen Humanitarian Fund, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Government of Kuwait.
Besides health services, IOM supports the residents of Al Jufainah Camp in the areas of camp management, shelter and relief items and water and sanitation including clean water trucking.
Other services IOM provides in close coordination with relevant stakeholders are: upgrading of communal infrastructures like electricity, access roads, flood risk mitigation, construction of camp administrative centre, and installation of community and child friendly spaces.