Supporting Crisis Response in Yemen

Web Statement

Supporting Crisis Response in Yemen

November 8, 2018

Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting its partner the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf to respond to needs of the people affected by the ongoing crisis in Yemen.

This partnership provides medical supplies and equipment that will allow staff at the Ras Morbat Eye Clinic to offer improved treatment for glaucoma and cataracts. For more than 20 years, the Ras Morbat Eye Clinic has been serving the community in Aden, Yemen, but has experienced increased demand for their services in recent years. The medical team has  historically treated patients in the nearby United Nations refugee camp for Somali migrants one morning per week and have recently begun treating patients displaced by the civil war one day a week.

The United Nations estimates that over 22 million Yemenis are in need of humanitarian aid as a result of the ongoing civil war in their country. Millions of people have been displaced from their homes in Yemen and struggle to provide for basic needs such as healthcare.

“Early treatment of glaucoma and cataracts will allow adults to continue working and supporting their families,” explained Nagulan Nesiah, Episcopal Relief & Development’s Senior Programme Officer, Disaster Response and Risk Reduction. “Many displaced Yemenis are turned away by other clinics. We are grateful for Ras Morbat Eye Clinic and the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf for their work to serve the needs of this community.”

Please continue to pray for all those impacted by the crisis in Yemen.

For over 75 years, Episcopal Relief & Development has been working together with supporters and partners for lasting change around the world. Each year the organization facilitates healthier, more fulfilling lives for more than 3 million people struggling with hunger, poverty, disaster and disease. Inspired by Jesus’ words in Matthew 25, Episcopal Relief & Development leverages the expertise and resources of Anglican and other partners to deliver measurable and sustainable change in three signature program areas: Women, Children and Climate.