Medicine & Medical Supplies
Since March 2015, Yemen has been experiencing a brutal war and a siege that has severely restricted the commercial import of food and medicine. In addition, the central bank was moved from Sana’a to Aden, resulting in nonpayment of salaries to Government employees since August 2016. The restriction of imports, especially of medicine, has resulted in an undue burden of the families who have sick members. In addition to the scarcity of medicine in the local market; if it is available, it is extremely expensive and beyond the means of the majority of the population. These families are forced to watch as their sick members suffer or die, helpless to provide for their needs.
YRRF has provided five cancer centers with medicine donated by the group Americares. We have negotiated a donation of laboratory reagents to Ministry of Health labs to confirm the H1N1 influenza outbreak in December of 2019. We also secured reagents for the diagnosis of the novel Corona Virus COV19 to public health laboratories in January 2020 through a generous donation from the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin. We also work with medical organizations to ensure donations of essential medicines to Yemen.