CERF-funded Project

Yemen

Providing the Minimum Initial Service Package for Reproductive Health (RH) to the most vulnerable women and girls in Yemen (20-UF-FPA-032)

Project overview

Access to and availability of maternal and new-born health services has been grossly undermined by the protracted crisis. The combination of YER depreciation, food insecurity, and the COVID-19 pandemic has led to greatly increased vulnerabilities of women of reproductive age particularly pregnant women. According to the WHO Health Resources Availability Monitoring System (HeRAMS) conducted in 2018, only 20 percent of health facilities in Yemen provided maternal and new-born health services, a decrease from 37 percent reported in 2016. UNFPA field assessments have confirmed gaps in RH services that require urgent interventions such as staffing, equipment, and medicine needed for providing life-saving Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care (EmONC) services. CERF will directly lead to the resumption of critical life-saving RH services in 55 health facilities in districts with the highest severity indices. All the targeted facilities stopped providing these critical services on May 16th due to UNFPA's funding shortage. The supported facilities will provide women and girls with the life-saving essential reproductive health services, particularly those related to complicated deliveries and care for survivors of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and Sexual Violence. CERF will also support 100 community midwives and outreach teams. These teams will be reaching the most vulnerable women and girls in the most remote areas. Additionally, the project will be complemented by GBV mitigation and response interventions within the targeted health facilities. It will also be complemented by the Cash and Voucher Assistance interventions UNFPA implements to enhance the accessibility of those in the most remote areas to services.