The Entesaf Organization for Women and Children’s Rights confirmed that the United Nations is a major factor in the deterioration of the health of Yemeni women.
“Five thousand and 322 women have been killed and injured since the start of the US-Saudi- aggression,” the organization reports.
In a statement on the occasion of the International Day for the Development of Women’s Health, the organization stated that Yemeni women live under the burden of lack of health care, killing, displacement, and the violation of all their rights claimed by international laws, charters and treaties.
The statement indicated that women in Yemen face one of the most severe forms of violence, especially when it comes to their right to personal safety and to receive health care during pregnancy and childbirth, as their death rate is one of the highest in the world.
The statement referred to the exacerbation of the suffering of mothers and pregnant women, as more than 50 percent of childbirths are performed by non-specialized persons, and about 8.1 million women and girls of childbearing age need assistance in accessing reproductive health services, including 1.3 million women who will give birth this year. It is expected that 195,000 Yemeni women will develop complications that require medical assistance to save their lives and the lives of their newborns.
The statement mentioned that a woman and six newborns die every two hours due to complications during pregnancy or during childbirth, and the number of women who could lose their lives during pregnancy or childbirth is estimated at approximately 17,000 women, as a result of the lack of access to health services provided to them. Additionally, there are more than 1.5 million pregnant and lactating women that suffer from malnutrition.
The statement pointed out that half of the health facilities in Yemen are operating at full capacity, while 35 percent of reproductive health centers and clinics have lost their ability to work. Clinic also suffer from an acute shortage of medicines, equipment and human resources.
“Since the beginning of the aggression, the role of the United Nations and its organizations has been absent. Rather, the matter has evolved until it abandoned its responsibilities and withdrew support from Yemen’s most vital sectors, including the health sector, and ignored all violations against civilians, especially women,” the organization’s statement said.
The statement held the US-Saudi aggression responsible for all crimes and violations against civilians, especially children, calling on the international community, international organizations, and human rights and humanitarian bodies to bear legal and humanitarian responsibility for the violations and heinous massacres that occur against civilians.