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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 in Health & Environment

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 in Health & Environment

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 in Health & Environment

“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 in Health & Environment

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 in Health & Environment

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.

Unregulated well digging causes the depletion of aquifers and desertification.

Desertification a threat to millions of Yemenis

Published on 1 July 2014 by Ali Abulohoom in Health & Environment

The World Day to Combat Desertification took place on June 17 to bring awareness to one of the greatest global challenges to sustainable development and one that has a devastating impact on the world’s poorest people whose livelihoods are tied to the land.

Yemen is one of the most water scarce countries in the world, where consumption outstrips the rate of replenishment. (Archive photo)

Yemen’s water crisis demands concerted action

Published on 24 June 2014 by Murad Alazzany in Health & Environment

Rapid population growth compounded by a flood of people relocating from villages to cities over the last four decades has resulted in rapidly increased demands for dwindling water supplies.

In April the Health Ministry in co-operation with the WHO launched a nationwide polio prevention campaign involving thousands of healthcare workers in mobile teams‭. ‬

Polio vaccine campaigns face difficulty amid spying revelations

Published on 17 June 2014 by Ali Abulohoom in Health & Environment

Despite efforts by the World Health Organization (WHO) to eradicate polio worldwide, ten countries, including Pakistan, Nigeria, and Syria, are on red alert as new cases have been detected and fears grow of the virus spreading to neighboring countries.

This solar water pump in Al-Safra district of Sa’ada produces 4 liters of water per second. (CEW)

Amid fuel crisis, clean energy increasingly attractive for farmers

Published on 3 June 2014 by Ali Saeed in Health & Environment

Mufrih Saleh, a farmer in Darb Wada'a area in  Sa'ada governorate, is pleased he no longer hears the sound of his diesel generator pumping water.

Psychiatric Institute begs for an overhaul

Published on 20 May 2014 by Amal Al-Yarisi in Health & Environment

On a building in Al-Hatarish area on the outskirts of Sana’a is a sign that reads “Anti-Begging House.” One would think the building might be devoted to rehabilitating beggars from the capital, and indeed that is what it used to be.