Volunteer - ServeYemen

The years long conflict and civil strife in Yemen has caused severe humanitarian and health crises in the country, resulting in an acute shortage of medicines and supplies in its hospitals and clinics, causing untold misery to the common man. In 2018, IMANA, procured and delivered medicines and supplies worth over $70 million to fulfill this need, which were distributed to hospitals and healthcare centers in Aden, Sabah and Taz.
As a consequence of the instability and insecurity, a large number of internally displaced people live in refugee camps, suffering from malnutrition and without access to any form of healthcare. Since November 2019, five IMR volunteer teams have traveled to Aden and provided 4,333 vulnerable patients with free primary healthcare services, and medicines.

Volunteer Opportunities

ServeYemen Medical Missions

ServeYemen Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a visa to travel to Yemen?

Yes, you will need to obtain a visa before travel. We will explain the procedure and assist you with getting the visa. However, owing to multiple approval and security protocols in place we will need your passport to be mailed to our DC office well in advance of the date of travel. No other travel should be planned in the 30 days prior to your travel date for Yemen.

How do I get to Yemen?

There are two suggested travel options. You will take a commercial flight to the indicated transit city, either via Cairo, Egypt or Amman, Jordan, which we will indicate in consultation with our local partners. We will book your seats on a charter flight onwards to Aden, so that the whole IMANA team travels together.

What are the types of expenses involved in this mission?

Volunteers only pay for their air tickets to and from Yemen, including the charter flight. IMR arranges everything else – food, transportation and accommodation.

What are the arrangements for arrival, accommodation, food and local transportation?

Team members will be received and dropped at Aden airport by a representative of our local partners in Yemen. On arrival, they will be transferred to a 3-start hotel. Movement to and from the clinic will also be arranged. All meals will be taken care of, – breakfast & dinner at the hotel and a working lunch on-site.

What about the security situation?

IMANA keeps the safety and security of its volunteers uppermost when considering, planning and executing missions. We have had extensive discussions and exchanges with our local partners. The city of Aden and areas eastward are under the control of the UN-recognized government and humanitarian and medical NGOs are working there already, in a safe environment. The hotel has 24/7 security too.

Where is the clinic located?

The clinic is located about 45 minutes’ drive from the city of Aden; it’s close to the main refugee camps in the area.

What are the most common complaints to expect?

The most common complaints you will come across are hypertension, diabetes, cardiac issues, diarrhea and digestive issues, pregnancy, malnutrition, URTI/LRTI, fevers (malaria/typhoid/dengue), UTI, etc. Since it’s a conflict zone, there will be trauma and injury cases too.

What is the daily average number of patients expected there?

The expected number of patients is between 200 and 250 daily.

What facilities are available at the clinic? Is laboratory testing available?

Apart from stethoscopes, sphygmomanometer, weighing machines, gloves, masks etc, the clinic has EKG and ultrasonography facility. X-ray and laboratory facilities are available in the vicinity.

Is there a hospital nearby, to evacuate any acute cases?

Yes, there is a private hospital close-by.

How are medications dispensed?

IMR has drawn up a formulary of the medicines most likely needed, these will be purchased and made available at the clinic. There will be a pharmacist to dispense these as per the prescriptions.

How are language barriers addressed? Will there be translators?

Most of the clinic staff can understand and speak English. Translators will also be available.

Have a question? Get in touch.

Preferred Method of Contact

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Locations:

Virginia: 9681 Main Street, Suite B, Fairfax, VA 22031

Phone:

202-559-3765

Fax:

630-932-0005

Email:

[email protected]

IMANA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations to IMANA and IMANA Medical Relief are tax exempt. Tax ID: #36-4166125