MedGlobal is seeking volunteers to join the Helping Babies Breathe mission in Yemen

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With 24.1 million people in need, Yemen is currently experiencing the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. A protracted crisis characterized by widespread poverty, conflict, poor governance, and severe economic decline already existed in Yemen. The current crisis is the result of nearly three years of relentless conflict exacerbated by the severe pre-crisis vulnerabilities which have devastated the lives of millions in Yemen. Since the escalation of the conflict in 2015, humanitarian needs have increased sharply across all sectors, which has exacerbated pre-existing vulnerabilities, degraded community resilience and accelerated the collapse of public institutions. [1][2]

The Yemeni health system has been especially affected by this devastating crisis due to both health and non-health factors. The health system in Yemen was already fragile with poor quality services, especially in public health facilities, and the on-going crisis has made the situation significantly worse. Recent reports showed that only 50% of health facilities are fully functional. Doctors are only available in 18% of districts across the country, leaving 19.7 million people in Yemen in need of adequate access to healthcare – 14 million of which are in acute need.

MedGlobal is sending a team of medical professionals to Yemen from November 7-23, 2019. We are currently in need of instructors in Helping Babies Breathe to join us on this mission. If you are interested in joining this mission as an instructor, please contact volunteer@medglobal.org.

[1] Yemen: Humanitarian Needs Overview
[2] Yemen: Humanitarian Needs Overview Key Figures

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