April 13, 2015

A cargo plane chartered by international humanitarian medical organization Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) carrying 15 tons of urgently needed medical supplies landed in Sana’a, Yemen’s largest city, today, but increased access to the country is still required.

The plane, which flew from Djibouti, has delivered emergency medical kits comprising drugs and medical supplies suitable for responding to emergencies. The shipment will allow MSF to provide additional emergency support in Sana'a and across the country.

“These medical supplies are urgently needed and will allow us to better respond to the needs in different parts of Yemen,” said Marie-Elisabeth Ingres, Head of Mission for MSF in Yemen. “But the supply routes must stay open to allow more aid into the country, and easy access has to be facilitated to bring in more medical supplies and personnel via air and sea.”

MSF is also working on establishing an additional supply route by sea from Djibouti directly to Aden, where it has treated over 650 injured since March 19. On April 8, MSF sent 1.7 tons of medical supplies and an emergency surgical team of five staff from Djibouti to Aden by boat, and there are plans to send more supplies via this route in the coming days.

MSF is aiming to expand its activities in Yemen to respond to the current needs, but is facing difficulties.

“Getting aid into the country is only part of the challenge,” said Ingres. “Due to the fighting and insecurity within Yemen, we are also facing difficulties assessing the needs and deploying staff and supplies to the areas where the needs are greatest.”

MSF is currently working in Sana’a, Aden, Ad-Dhale, Amran and Hajjah governorates in Yemen, and has received over 800 war-wounded in the country since March 19.

 

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