‘Switch sup­port to other pri­or­i­ties’

Muscat Daily - - REGION -

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.

(AFP)

Ye­meni medics work at a blood trans­fu­sion cen­tre in the cap­i­tal Sanaa

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