The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have joined forces with Yemen’s Ministries of Health and Population as well as Planning and International Cooperation to provide US$20m emergency support to assist the country respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The partnership aims to reduce the occurrence and to minimise morbidity and mortality rates of Covid-19 in Yemen by strengthening the operational capacity of 32 specialised Covid-19 treatment centres and the laboratory testing capacity of two medical universities in the country.
It will support the activation and equipping of the 32 Covid-19 treatment centres through the provision of monitoring devices for severe cases, portable pulse oximeter devices, oxygen cylinders, oxygen refilling, nebuliser devices, ultrasound, and other biomedical equipment.
Strengthening the protection of healthcare workers is also given high priority in the project through the provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and expanding laboratory testing capacity via the provision of 150,000 testing kits. Essential medicines and medical supplies will also be provided to facilitate the treatment of critical Covid-19 patients.
The US$20m project is the first partnership between IsDB and WHO in Yemen and is part of the large-scaled global response by the two organisations to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is also part of IsDB’s pledge of US$100m during the virtual donors conference on Yemen, jointly hosted by Saudi Arabia and the United Nations in June.