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Yemen Demographics




Population Under 15



Maternal Mortality Ratio
(Deaths per 100,000 live births)



Total Fertility Rate
(Avg. no. of children born to a woman during her lifetime)



Contraceptive Prevalence Rate
(Use Among Married Woman 15-49, Modern Methods)



Source: Population Reference Bureau. 2002. World population data sheet. Washington, DC: Population Reference Bureau.



USAID/Yemen recently approved its three-year strategy for development of health services and policies that will serve to improve the health status of the Yemeni people.  Primary health care indicators are among the worst in the region.  The USAID Strategy seeks to improve health services in five rural, underserved governorates and has funded CATALYST to undertake these efforts, along with ADRA and the Partnerships for Health Reform Plus (PHR+) Projects.  Begun in early 2004, the CATALYST Program seeks to provide:

  1. Improved health status in three rural governorates through provision of upgraded primary health care services:  Following the general guidelines of the national Health Sector Reform Strategy, CATALYST will upgrade health posts and health centers in five districts in each of the three governorates through provision of equipment, training and supplies, concentrating on the community midwives for service delivery, but also upgrading district and governorate facilities to which patients can be referred for problem births and neonates.  CATALYST will focus on the provision of reproductive health services, for which there is demonstrated demand and unmet need.
  2. Behavior Change Communications:  CATALYST will use qualitative research as the basis for developing communications materials and appropriate media materials that will result in increased use of contraception, nutritional improvement, immunization against tetanus, reduction of RTI's, and pre and postnatal care in these rural areas.  Emphasis will be given to materials and messages that support face-to-face counseling of mothers and families, and on environmental activities that will help reduce communicable diseases.
  3. Community Involvement:  To support both community midwives and the Ministry of Health (MOH) health services system, CATALYST will work with local women's, men's and children's organizations to give community support to health facilities, to organize educational meetings and to encourage better health behavior among all community members.
  4. Sustainability:  CATALYST will work with the Ministry of Health, the PHR+ Project and other donors to try to find ways to provide incentives to health workers in both the public and private health systems.  Supervisory personnel also will be trained to provide ongoing training and monitoring for community midwives and other health service cadres.
  5. Post Partum Care:  Most births in rural areas take place at home without trained midwives or access to referral services, resulting in high maternal mortality and problem neonates.  CATALYST will work with the Ministry of Health both to train midwives in safe delivery as well as establishing a referral system.

Contact Information:

The CATALYST/Yemen Office:

Tourist City Building 49
Republic of Yemen
Tel: 967-1-302-775
Fax: 967-1-302-775

Country Representative in Sana'a:

Hamouda B. Hanafi, PhD

Contact in Washington, DC:

Graciela Salvador-Davila, MD
Senior Reproductive Health Advisor
The CATALYST Consortium
1201 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 501
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 202-775-1977
Fax: 202-775-1988