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08 Apr 15 08 Dec 16

Yemen: MSF supplies and team reach Aden, but more needed

The first boat organised by international humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) carrying 1.7 tonnes of urgently needed medical supplies for the MSF hospital in Aden successfully docked in the city today.

An MSF emergency surgical team also arrived on a separate boat.

Shipment arrives from Djibouti

The MSF shipment which arrived from Djibouti contained medical supplies essential for treating the large numbers of wounded MSF has been receiving in Aden, including anaesthesia drugs, injectable medications and materials for surgical operations.

The shipment of 1.7 tonnes of supplies arrives in Aden from Djibouti.

The emergency surgical team made up of five MSF staff arrived in Aden on board an International Committee of the Red Cross cargo ship.

The team will provide much needed support to the existing staff at the MSF emergency surgical unit.

More supplies and staff needed

“We are pleased that the medical supplies and staff have arrived safely, as the team at the hospital was exhausted, and there was a real risk of supply shortages,” said Marie-Elisabeth Ingres, MSF country representative in Yemen.

“But with the violence continuing to cause large numbers of injured more supplies and medical staff are needed.”

MSF is also planning to send a full charter plane to Sana’a to deliver more medical supplies in the coming days.

The MSF emergency surgical unit in Aden has received over 600 wounded since the escalation of violence on 19 March.

Find out more about MSF's work in the Yemen crisis