White Ribbon Alliance

Yemen

White Ribbon Alliance, Yemen

Dr Rami Taha Al-maqtry
National Coordinator, WRA Yemen

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c/o Higher Council for Motherhood and Childhood
P.O.Box 16939
Hadda Street in front of Haddah Post Office, behind Al-Crown Hotel, next to Syrian Embassy
Sanaa, Yemen
tel: 00967 1 426470
fax: 00967 1 426476
email: rami_4_24@yahoo.com
email: nsma.yemen@yahoo.com

Capital City
Sana’a
Population
24,133,492
Lifetime risk of maternal death
1 in 90
Maternal Mortality Ratio
200
Births attended by skilled personnel
36%
Source: World Health Statistics 2011, WHO

Countdown to 2015: Maternal, Newborn, & Child Survival. Click here for the Yemen Country Profile.

 

UN Secretary General’s Every Woman Every Child commitment:

Yemen will enforce the ministerial decree to provide free contraceptives to all women of reproductive age and free deliveries, and will endorse a safe motherhood law to minimise harmful practices. Yemen will expand Reproductive Health services to reach 85 percent of all health facilities, increase by 20 percent the percentage of health facilities that provide basic and comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Neo-Natal Care services and will increase security on essential drugs.

The above statement is an edited commitment. Please click here to read the full commitment.


Yemen is among the most challenging places in the world to raise a family. It also has one of the highest maternal death rates in the world. 1 in 90 women die through childbirth.

Yet hope is on the horizon through the national dialogue which is bringing together civil society organisations to help write a new constitution, prepare for elections and unify the country. Among the key issues being debated is that of safe motherhood.

Through the National Safe Motherhood Alliance (NSMA), an affiliate of White Ribbon Alliance, we are playing a key role in the national dialogue to support the adoption of safe motherhood law and to raise the important issues of free healthcare, the age of marriage, girls’ education and violence against women.

For Dr Rami, national coordinator of NSMA, one of the most important things has been the involvement of women and young people, "for too long they have been a silent voice in Yemen's political discourse. We've toured all the regions of Yemen and held workshops to engage all citizens. I'm delighted that we've had very high numbers of women and young people taking part".

Yemen is preparing for change and that change is happening through dialogue, with safe motherhood at the top of the agenda.