Under the war circumstances, residents of Qutbah sub-district have always struggled to secure enough safe drinking water, as they were fed by a single well that serves 11 villages. Unfortunately, this well is salty and unfit for drinking; and causes many diseases. Almost, the beneficiaries were relied on a high cost purchasing water. As the conflict escalated, the coming IDPs to Qutbah sub-district caused more pressure on the limited source of water, and increasing the cost of purchasing water which unaffordable for the both host community (HC) and Internal Displaced Persons (IDPs).
Therefore, most of the them were forced to fetch water from the salty well; so diarrheal and kidney diseases have broken out among them, and the health situation deteriorates.
ADO has responded throughout a comprehensive WASH intervention, to alleviate suffering of the 7,897 from girls, boys, women and men including PWSNs in Abs and Khairan Al Muharraq districts, Hajjah Governorate. ADO response included a solution to the unhealthy and salty well problem via construction and installation of a water purification station powered by solar energy with SDG7; to provide the most sustainable drinking water for the most affected people from IDPs and HCs funded by DKH, in coordination with the local authority and the GARWSP. It is benefitting 3,885 individuals, operates for 10 hours a day and pumps at a rate of 1500 liters per hour. To ensure the sustainability, a community committee was formed to manage, operate and maintenance the water purification station; which has contributed to solving much of the suffering of the most vulnerable people via securing a sustainable source of safe drinking water.

A child is protected from the catastrophic effects of Early marriage

Najah is one of ADO’s reported cases in CP programme that was funded in UNICEF in 2020. Najah is an impoverished nine-year-old IDP who has fled her village along with her family to find themselves forced to live under a tree in Abs district. Early marriage is most common among IDP communities. ” We have nothing left to be sold for the living” Nagah’s father said. One day, he decided to force his daughter to accept to get married. Soon after the case was reported, ADO team took immediate humanitarian action and has managed to stop the marriage aiming to protect Najah through increasing the community awareness on early marriage risks on young girls and the provision of assistance in various programme components like Shelter, WASH, Cash for food to help Najah go back to school in addition to Child Protection).

Putting smiles back on Mohammed’s family

Under the project titled, “Provision of Nutritional Assistance to the Affected Communities from Children and Pregnant & Lactating Women” provided and funded by the World Food Program (WFP), and while Abs Development Organization for Woman and Child (ADO) was actively implementing the screening and referral activities for September cycle- 2021 in Al-Kuleyah village in Qanawes district of Al-Hodeidah Governorate through the community health volunteers (CHVs), Mohammed Ashhar, the poor 6-month-old SAM detected case MUAC was 10 Cm. Therefore, he was referred to Al-Kuleyah HU at once.
Mohammed’s family continued to receive the necessary therapeutic nutrition during the treatment period to save their son’s life.
In just a few months, Mohammad was in the right track leading for his speedy recovery when his treatment was being followed up at home by Aisha Gailan – ADO CHV who was constantly following up on his condition through home-to-home visits until Mohammed’s MUAC finally registered 13Cm. at the last visit dated on 22 July 2022.
ADO team was so happy to see Mohammed’s life saved and has celebrated the success story of putting the smiles back on Mohammed’s family.

Providing nutritional assistance to the affected communities by malnutrion

Latifa success story

More than seven years of an ongoing armed conflict in Yemen have caused widespread poverty, deteriorating living conditions and an increase in the number of malnourished children. However, through the activities of Abs Development Organization (ADO) project titled: “Providing Nutritional Assistance to the Affected Communities by Malnutrition ” which is funded by WFP and implemented by (ADO) significantly helps to mitigate malnutrition in accordance with international standards. Latifa M’d Jailan was among the children that were detected and followed up by ADO team until she was recovered. Latifa’s family earns the living out of raising plants and cattle in the 3rd catchment area of Mahal Al-Hindi village in Al-Qanawes district, one of the areas of Tahami coast, which is classified among the most affected areas as a result of the current economic crisis.

Huda Abdo Jaylan, an ADO trained Community Health Volunteer noticed the complications of severe malnutrition of the 6-month-baby Latifa so, Latifa’s mother was sensitized to the importance of breast- feed and sound nutrition. As Latifa’s family was used to feed their child milk from the cattle, she experienced complications of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) as a consequence. Therefore, Huda took Latifa’s MUAC that reached (9.4)CM. and then after filling in the referral form, she convinced Latifa’s family that their daughter needs to be referred to Al-Jailanyah HF to get treatment avoiding complications
Upon Latifa’s arrival at the health facility, she was registered in the health facility’s records and was given therapeutic nutrition. Latifa’s condition improved from severe malnutrition to moderate malnutrition, as her MUAC became 12.5 cm.

Latifa returned home as an active and cheerful child and naturally playing after recovering from the complications of malnutrition that she was suffering from, as her current MUAC is (13.3) cm. The family of the little girl, Latifa, was overjoyed after seeing her in good health. The community felt the fruit of the efforts made by the volunteer and the ADO team in following up the case from the early stages of its discovery until the stage of full recovery from malnutrition. They thanked and praised all the workers in this programme.

Children Lives at Al-Makeen Village are Saved by a CHV

Sua’ad Qayem who is working as a CHV for ADO under the nutrition project in Al-Qanawes District of Al-Hodeidah Governorate was witness to the deprivations of basic health facilities in Al-Makeen village where there is no access to a nearby Health Center other than an incompletely built non-functional one since the year 2000 that is 4 Km. far from the village.
Suad added that, according to the monthly screening and referrals’ reports, there have been increasing cases of malnutrition among U5 children adding to the locals’ suffering. This can be attributed to the fact that parents have no access to health services and that’s why, they are dissuaded from getting their children immunized in time.

Rehabilitating HFs
Measles outbreaks among children in August 2022, have claimed the lives of 4 children out of approximately 40 malnourished cases afflicted by measles.
The non-functional and incompletely built Al-Makeen HC is not included in ADO intervention. Yet, Suad along with two other of her co-working CHVs (Jamila and Ruqaya) have reported this issue to Abdulrabbu Jailan – ADO BSFP-Distribution Supervisor under ADO nutrition project who as an initiative, visited the village along with ADO team on 13 Aug.2022. ADO team met with the senior citizens there in Al-Makeen village and listened to them talking about their suffering from the widespread of diseases and increasing cases of acute malnutrition due to the delay in restoring the HC. Therefore, all agreed with a HC restoration initiative to be implemented by well-off locals, after the coordination with DHO and GHO. The HC was provided with windows and doors and thus was finally rehabilitated on 25 Aug. 2022.
Provision of nutrition by UNICEF mobile clinic

The UNICEF mobile clinics were then assigned by Al-Qanawes DHO to intervene in the newly health facility in Al-Makeen village with vaccinations and transporting of nutrition to the 2nd and 3rd catchment areas there. At present, the UNICEF mobile clinics are accompanied by ADO CHVs to provide the screened cases of malnourished cases with appropriate nutrition.
Both the DHO Director and the District Nutrition Coordinator praised the role of ADO CHVs in sensitizing the beneficiaries in the remote villages raising their awareness of the dangers of malnutrition on children and PLW.
ADO also does appreciate the CHVs ‘role and efforts they made in drawing the attention of the concerned local authorities to the importance of accessing malnutrition cases in the 2nd and 3rd catchment areas of remote health facilities.
It is worth noting that this is not ADO team first initiative in helping to alleviate locals’ suffering through prioritizing their access to health and nutrition services at such hard-to-reach areas. For instance, in the year 2016 during the spread of Dengue fever and IDPs fleeing from conflict-areas like Harad and Midi districts in addition to Bani Hassan sub-district of Abs, Ali Mohammed Ali Jailan, a health worker in Abed village of Al-Qanawes district made a humanitarian initiative by building a room at the yard of his own house to provide health services; an initiative that was accredited by the DHO to fall under SAM intervention. The provided services rendered at that temporary HC included immunization and distribution of therapeutic nutrition for SAM. ADO team continued in following up the coordination with the Al-Qanawes DHO to send memos to WFP until the health facility was finally provided with adequate MAM therapeutic nutrition. However, in spite of the fact that malnourished cases were increasing, yet, the HC did not get further support by any entity or organization.
The Distribution Supervisor at ADO Nutrition Project, Mr. Abdul Rabbu Jailan confirms that Al-Makin and Abed health facilities in Al-Qanaws district still lack many health requirements. “There is still a gap in the health service in the area which requires the support of donors”, he continued. Actually, ADO has conducted a need assessment accordingly in the same year.