“For most people in Taiz governorate, getting to a health facility care is very difficult, largely because of the destroyed infrastructure and people’s economic situation after four years of war. It is especially hard if they live in the countryside or in areas affected by violence. War affects everybody, but we see a particularly high number of deaths of mothers and children. Pregnant women often arrive very late to give birth and we have patients who travel for hours to reach us.
I spoke to one woman who had travelled for four hours with an obstructed labour to reach the nearest functioning hospital. To reach Taiz, she and her husband had to cross a number of checkpoints and then negotiate the narrow backstreets of the city. Her husband told me how extremely afraid he was of losing his wife, because she was bleeding so heavily and the journey took so long.