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International Medical Corps UK Partners with the United Arab Emirates to Reduce the Impact of Non-communicable Diseases in Yemen

February 9, 2022

LONDON, 9 February 2022—International Medical Corps UK has received a grant of $5 million from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), through the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, to support treatment of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), focusing on reducing fatality rates in patients with chronic diseases and increasing remission rates among cancer patients.

During this one-year project, which will run throughout 2022, International Medical Corps UK will respond to the urgent health needs of vulnerable populations in Yemen by procuring and distributing essential NCD medications to three major referral hospitals—covering a catchment area of more than 1 million people. The medications, which have been chosen following consultations with the health ministry and providers, will address numerous pervasive NCDs, including cardiovascular diseases, renal failure, diabetes mellitus, blood disorders (thalassemia and haemophilia) and different cancers.

Yemen remains the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, according to the United Nations (UN), with 21 million people in need of some form of assistance and 3.6 million people internally displaced. This crisis affects all aspects of life in Yemen—including healthcare, where the 50% of health facilities in Yemen that are functional are operating with serious shortages of medicine, equipment and staff. Millions of people are vulnerable to or suffer from chronic illnesses and diseases, with 57% of all deaths in Yemen due to NCDs.

International Medical Corps UK’s ability to procure these medications from its pre-qualified wholesalers at affordable prices, and to distribute them efficiently, will ensure timely delivery and distribution of essential medical commodities, saving lives and improving the quality of life in the country. In addition, the humanitarian organization’s ability to efficiently deliver the medicines will enable the facilities to rely on consistent supplies for a minimum of six months, helping to ensure quality of care.

“Providing humanitarian assistance for Yemen and its people is one of the UAE’s top priorities,” said H.E. Sultan Al Shamsi, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for International Development Affairs. “Yemen is our neighbour and Yemenis are our brothers and sisters. We will always be here to support them. Since 2015, the UAE has provided over $6.25 billion in humanitarian assistance to the Yemeni people. Having supported Yemeni medical professionals in response to the pandemic and facilitated the development and expansion of essential social services, the UAE remains committed to support the provision of humanitarian aid for the country. This latest project will support the efforts of the country's healthcare system to improve the survival rate of patients and reduce the cases of chronic diseases.” 

“The generous support of the UAE government will improve primary and secondary health services provided in these major hospitals,” said Ognjen Radosavljevic, Managing Director of International Medical Corps UK. “It will help thousands of at-risk patients facing preventable death and disability, and shortened lifespans, due to shortages of medicines.”

ABOUT INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS UK

International Medical Corps (UK) is an international humanitarian non-governmental organisation (NGO) with its headquarters in London. It is an independent affiliate of International Medical Corps, a US-registered non-profit organisation, and International Medical Corps Croatia, a Croatian non-profit association that share the same mission: to deliver emergency medical and related services to those affected by conflict, disaster and disease, no matter where they are, no matter what the conditions. The organizations also train people in their communities, providing them with the skills they need to recover, chart their own path to self-reliance and become effective first responders themselves.

International Medical Corps, which has been working in Yemen since 2012, maintains its main office in Sana’a and has three field offices in Ibb, Aden and Al Mukha. In response to continuing violence and deepening humanitarian needs, International Medical Corps currently provides lifesaving services in the governorates of Lahj, Al Dhalee, Taiz, and Sana’a in the following sectors: health; nutrition; food security and livelihoods (FSL); and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

For more information, please visit https://internationalmedicalcorps.org.uk. For questions regarding any aspects of International Medical Corps’ work, please write to media@internationalmedicalcorps.org.