HODEIDAH, Yemen – Escalating violence in Hodeidah, Yemen, threatens the city’s estimated 90,000 pregnant women and girls. The only major hospital in the city, was the site of a brutal attack Aug 2. Some 14,000 of these women and girls are likely to encounter pregnancy related complications requiring emergency care, but the ongoing crisis has severely limited access to healthcare services.
Yemen has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the region. In 2015, it was estimated 385 women died of maternal causes out of every 100,000 live births. Today the rate is likely much higher, as the conflict has cut off access to health care, food and livelihoods
The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is one of the worst in the world. 75 percent of the population requires some form of assistance and protection. The country is additionally grappling with a devastating famine and a widespread cholera outbreak.