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Health & Environment

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.

Hospital managers say hospitals that have carried out reforms deserve another shot at remaining open, despite orders to shut down.

Sana’a hospitals fight to stay open after orders to shut down

Published on 17 April 2014 by Amal al Yarisi in Health & Environment

Several of the hospitals ordered to be shut down by the Ministry of Pubic Health and Population last August remain in operation.

Unregulated food commodities pose risk to consumers

Published on 15 April 2014 by Emad Al-Sakkaf in Health & Environment

Counterfeit food commodities have inundated the local market, particularly in the past three years as the security and economic deteroriation of the country has left the government with fewer resources to monitor and regulate foodstuffs.

The Central Lab of Pesticide Residue Analysis was built in 2000 and equipped in 2006. Due to a lack of funding, the lab is not functioning. (Photo by Ali Saeed)

This article has photo galleryConsumers at risk of high levels of pesticides

Published on 8 April 2014 by Ali Saeed in Health & Environment

None of the fruits and vegetables stocked in Yemen’s markets and grocery stores go through the required food safety measures to check for pesticides, Abdullah Masood, head of the Central Lab of Pesticide Residue Analysis, told the Yemen Times.

Poor access to vets plagues animal health care

Published on 20 March 2014 by Ali Abulohoom in Health & Environment

Sami Saleh, 19, recently spent a day in Sana’a searching in vain for a veterinarian to treat a dog he received from his uncle in Germany. He was not even able to find a pharmacy selling medicine for dogs.