UNICEF’s Projects Reduce Poverty and Restrict Illiteracy in Yemen [Archives:2001/32/Business & Economy]
UNICEF, one of the United Nations (UN) agencies, implemented a number of health , cultural, social and construction-related projects all over the country. Millions of dollars were spent on development projects in areas such as Ludar, Mukeras, al-Wathe’a, Russad at an estimated cost of USD 5 million.
UNICEF projects especially focus on providing potable water to the inhabitants of these areas. In coordination with the competent authorities in the governorates, UNICEF is trying to prevent the open water wells from being polluted during rainfall seasons. The agency has implemented these projects in six districts in the Governorate of Abyan and the city of Udain in Ibb District.
During the past couple of years, UNICEF has provided 12 electrical pumps, a water pipes network and other related equipment to be used for a number of water projects in the district of Ludar in Abyan. The cost has been estimated at YR 47 million.
Furthermore, UNICEF has allocated an additional YR 50 million fund in 1997 for the completion of these projects. Over than 16 medical units have been rehabilitated in remote areas in cooperation with local inhabitants responsible for the supervision of the health units and involved with the health education campaign. Midwives were also trained by the UNICEF in the rural areas requiring these services due to the weakness of the government health departments.
UNICEF also promotes continuing education of Yemeni girls in rural areas through various educational projects implemented all over the country. Moreover, UNICEF helps Yemeni society to overcome different poverty issues, high rate of school drop-outs and other problems related to childhood. In addition UNICEF increase the well-being in Yemeni society by building classrooms and providing stationery to school students in different areas of the country.