King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) yesterday inaugurated the second phase of a project to enhance school healthcare services for students and teaching staff in four Yemeni governorates, in coordination with the Ministry of Health and in cooperation with school health administration in the Ministry of Education.
The project will last for five months and its activities will cover more than 35 districts in the governorates of Aden, Marib, Taiz and Hadramout to contribute to delivering services to more than 250,000 beneficiaries through 40 mobile medical teams that conduct periodic visits to targeted public elementary schools with the aim of increasing the level of public health for students and secure prevention and treatment from diseases spread in pubic communities.
Each team is composed of a general practitioner, nurse, specialist of community health and psychiatrist who will offer preliminary healthcare and check on sick students before offering the necessary treatment to them against communicable and infectious diseases and epidemics, in addition to transferring cases that need healthcare to the nearest public health center.
The project will offer public health awareness services through employees of the community health for students and educational staff on procedures of hygiene and public health, prevention of malnutrition, checking on students and controlling contagious diseases related to low levels of hygiene and urging them to visit health centers in case of any need for health support with offering psychological and social support services for students through group sessions and activities of social and psychological support to help cases that were affected psychologically, especially displaced children and helping them access specialized centers to receive the necessary medical services.
The project is an extension of the first phase that was inaugurated in November 2020, where it lasted for six months and covered schools in Aden and benefited around 44,000 students and educational staff out of 92,000 students between the first and sixth grades at 107 schools in Aden.
Ministry of Health Undersecretary for the Planning and Health Development Sector Dr. Ahmad Al-Kamal highlighted the importance of supporting the health sector and meeting the important health needs in areas of greatest needs and providing a safe health environment to ensure the sustainability of the educational process in light of the difficult humanitarian circumstances that the country is going through, praising the efforts of KSrelief in improving the quality of medical and educational services. The project highlights KSrelief’s keenness to offer healthcare service to school students in targeted Yemeni governorates to prevent the spread of diseases and lower the rate of disorders in most vulnerable groups through providing safe health assistance and services.