Sana’a: The condition in the malnutrition ward at Abs Hospital in Yemen has deteriorated after the US President Donald Trump and it’s regional allies have shut their funding for the country.
During the past few months, the electricity has dropped out daily and on that, the high fuel prices are not allowing them to keep their generators going. So, whenever that happens, their monitors and ventilators eventually get switched off for a long time and children who could have been saved, die.
Dr Ali Al Ashwal said at a hospital in Hajjah, “Those who aren’t killed by the airstrikes or this war? They will die from shortages in medical supplies,” was quoted as saying by CNN.
This year in March, the Trump administration and regional key allies of US- Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have dropped out their fundings to the United Nations’ appeal for Yemen. The cuts in the fundings will reduce the healthcare services to the civilians of Yemen, also some are on the verge to get closed.
“Our clinic usually takes between 100 and 150 cases in a month, and in one month we have received approximately double the amount. While at the same time, medical supplies have decreased,” Dr Al Ashwal said.
“The hardest part is when we lose a child when there could have been a chance for them to survive — if the situation was different.”
According to the UN data, the US contributed almost $1 billion to the UN appeal, in 2019 but this year it has donated less than half as of now which is only $411million.
The reduction in the funds has largely impacted the areas in the north controlled by the Iran-backed Ansarullah known as Houthi rebels, which the US and other nations accuse of interfering in the humanitarian operations.
A spokesperson for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) said that the country will resume its operations in north controlled by the Houthi’s. He said, “when we are confident that our partners can deliver aid without undue Houthi interference and account for US assistance.”
The spokesperson also pointed out the unmet commitments from “other donors” as the reason for the funding shortfall among UN agencies in Yemen.
“The United States encourages all donors, including those in the Gulf region, to contribute additional funding, to fulfil their 2020 pledges in a timely manner, and for all assistance to be provided according to humanitarian principles,” he said.
Another spokesperson for Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center said that the country is ready to hand over the rest of the money in the month of July but, were waiting to finalise agreements with the agencies.
“To ensure that the pledged amount is not diverted to other purposes outside of fulfilling the humanitarian needs,” the spokesperson added.
“We expect that these agreements will be signed soon, and that the total remaining pledged amount will then be released immediately to the UN agencies and other international organizations,” the spokesperson added.
The US, Saudi Arabia and UAE are the main players in the Yemen conflict. They were the biggest donors to the UN response to Yemen the year 2018 and 2019.