‘Switch support to other priorities’
Amina Ali, whose young son has a condition that requires blood transfusions, makes the trip to the centre regularly for blood and platelets. Now, she says, she fears those trips are numbered.
“I order blood and platelets for my son every ten days from the centre,” she told AFP.
Hakimi said the international medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) had been providing supplies since 2015 but ‘surprisingly suddenly stopped’ in June. In a statement e-mailed to AFP, MSF confirmed it has been supporting the blood bank for two years and only handed over the activity to WHO this June.
‘As health needs have been increasing in Yemen, MSF chose to switch its support to other health priorities’, the group said.
‘The last donation MSF gave to the blood bank was in June 2017. That donation was to support the running of its activities for two months, giving the time for WHO to start its support’.
Like MSF, the UN has warned it has been forced to divert resources from one community to aid another - most recently, from food programmes to handle the escalating cholera outbreak.
The UN has said that less than half of the US$2.1bn pledged this year to Yemen by the international community has been disbursed.
But Yemenis refuse to give up on others in need. “I am here to donate blood as an act of charity and for my country,” said Abdullah Farei, one of a handful of citizens who turned up at the centre.
Yemeni medics work at a blood transfusion centre in the capital Sanaa