Health & Environment

The red palm weevil has only been reported in Hadramout governorate, but that is where 40 percent of farmed palm trees are located. An extensive training and eradication program is currently underway in an effort to prevent the pest’s spread to other area

Pest threatens Yemen’s fragile date industry

Published on 25 February 2015 by Bassam Al-Khameri

Although Yemen has close to five million date palms of its own, over a million tons of dates were imported into the country last year. There are fears that greater reliance may be placed on imports as farmers struggle to contain the red palm weevil, a pest that has decimated plantations throughout the world and threatens the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Yemenis.

Encouraging community engagement to counter cancer in Yemen

Published on 19 January 2015 by Bassam Al-Khameri

“My wife suffers from stomach cancer and I have to pay YR200,000 [about $1000] every 21 days to get an injection,” said Salah Ahmad, a father of five and resident in Sana'a who is originally from Taiz.

Former Minister of Water and Environment Abd Al-Salam Al-Razzaz (right) and Governor of Taiz Ahmed Showqi Hayel (left) surveying sites for development projects in Taiz. (

Water desalination in Taiz

Published on 1 January 2015 by Jeremy Hodge

In 2010, the Yemeni government began plans to construct a water desalination plant in the coastal city of Mokha in Taiz governorate, hiring JFA Consulting, a British consulting firm, to assess the feasibility of the project. The plant would be connected via a pipeline to Taiz city, often referred to as Yemen’s driest, located 94 kilometers east of Mokha and the proposed site. Hypothetically, within several years, the plant would able to meet the entirety of Taiz’s water consumption needs, at 55,000 cubic meters (m3) per day. The project was suggested due to the persistent water shortages that have been seen throughout the country as a result of the drying up of the country’s ground water reserves, which have increased in recent years. According to government estimates, at least 19 of Yemen’s 21 ground aquifers are over exploited.

Water desalination in Taiz

Published on 30 December 2014 by Jeremy Hodge

This is a two part piece about the water crisis in the city of Taiz and the feasibility of water desalination in Yemen. Part one is below, part two will run on Thursday.

Yemen is quickly becoming one of the driest places on earth, and, according to some estimates, might be the world’s first country to run out of water. Some parts of Yemen have suffered more from water scarcity then others, foremost among them the city of Taiz, located off the Red Sea coast in the country’s southwest corner.

Woman undergoes cesarean section operation‭. ‬The number of cesarean sections being performed in Yemen has increased significantly in recent years‭. ‬

Cesarean sections in Yemen Pricy but needed?

Published on 2 December 2014 by Bassam Al-Khameri

Salah Al-Deen Al-Sukini, a 22-year-old resident of Sana’a, stood in front of the emergency room at the state-run Al-Thawra Hospital in Sana’a on Nov. 11, waiting for news of his wife who was giving birth to their first child. She had long suffered from hypertension and high blood pressure, and had been instructed by doctors to undergo a cesarean section to avoid complications during her child birth. Doctors told Al-Sukini that without a cesarean section, child birth might lead to heart and cardiovascular diseases, or in the worst case scenario, death. “When I heard that my wife and unborn child could die, I opted for the surgery, without thinking,” he said. “It cost $100, but it was worth it. The operation went smoothly, and both my wife and child are fine now,” he said.

With 17 years of experience and motivated by several years of severe hair loss, Al-Hamdani has dedicated his life to treating various medical issues with herbal medicine.

Chernobyl experience motivates Yemeni herbalist

Published on 4 November 2014 by Khalid Al-Karimi

As you walk into the clinic on Al-Rowaishan roundabout, there exists something noticeably different. Unlike most clinics, the room is adorned with mirrors and refrigerators.

This article has photo galleryPoaching puts turtles at risk of extinction

Published on 25 September 2014 by Madiha Al-Junaid

For years, threats to endangered turtles have made headlines in Yemeni newspapers. Yet, the issue continues to be widely ignored by the Yemeni government and civil society.

Many Yemenis are opposed to vaccinations, thinking for example that they are intentional attemps to harm their children. The Ministry of Health tries to fight such misconceptions through awareness campaigns. (EPI Yemen's Facebook page)

Widespread misconceptions impede vaccination efforts

Published on 11 September 2014 by Mohammed Al-Khayat

“A four-hour drive on a rough road—that’s what it took to arrive at our destination. When we arrived, exhausted from the trip, we headed swiftly for the clay houses, wanting to fulfill our humane goal of helping the children of the area by providing them with essential vaccines. We were surprised when their parents refused to allow us to give them the vaccines.”

Long electricity outages make generators indispensable to Yemenis‭. ‬Three to four generators working simultaneously can reach up to 102‭ ‬dB‭.‬

Sana’anis face the brunt of noise pollution

Published on 8 September 2014 by Madiha Al-Junaid

Five years ago, Yasmin Dammaj, general manager at the Industrial Management Department of the Yemen Standardization, Metrology and Quality Control Organization (YSMO), was battling severe stress and sleep deprivation. “The unbearable sounds from a carpentry workshop near my house constantly affected my ability to sleep and function.” The loud sound levels from the equipment used at the carpentry workshop compelled Dammaj to take the issue to court.

Often produced in‭ ‬زunauthorized basement labs‭,‬س‭ ‬non-biodegradable plastic bags litter the streets and pose a considerable health concern‭.‬

Plastic bags, feeble laws, and a silent threat to the environment

Published on 7 August 2014 by Madiha Al-Junaid

Plastic bags of different colors and sizes are found floating around freely, scattered in the streets, posing a serious environmental threat to the country. It is a typical sight in Yemeni cities, including the capital Sana’a. Some of the bags are piled up as waste around street corners, often burning or molding, leaving unpleasant odors.