The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
World Bank delegation visits UNOPS-supported projects in Yemen
As part of their high-level visit to Aden, Yemen, World Bank Group Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa, Ferid Belhaj, and Executive Director for Yemen and Dean of the World Bank Group’s Board of Executive Directors, Merza Hasan, visited the Al Shaab Maternity Hospital in Aden.
“We are here today to re-confirm our commitment to support the Yemeni people, and to help preserve the critical service institutions on which millions of Yemenis depend during these difficult times,” said Mr. Belhaj.
On behalf of the World Bank, and with funding from the International Development Association, UNOPS is implementing the Yemen Integrated Urban Services Emergency Project aimed at revitalizing critical public services in 19 cities across Yemen, focusing on road, water and sanitation, solid waste management, and electricity sectors.
As part of this, UNOPS installed a photovoltaic solar system as a backup power source at the hospital. Previously, interruptions of public power supply were among the top challenges facing the hospital. Frequent and long power blackouts used to bring the hospital’s limited capacity to a complete halt due to fuel shortages.
Now, the hospital has been able to utilize its full capacity to provide enhanced services, including around 40 baby deliveries per day, and round-the-clock emergency and intensive care services.
“We are proud to support the World Bank in this essential project to revitalize critical services in Yemen and improve living conditions for up to 1.4 million people,” said Bana Kaloti, UNOPS Regional Director for the Middle East.
Across Yemen, UNOPS is working on projects that will provide vulnerable Yemenis with access to critical services, rehabilitate 400 kilometers of urban roads, restore 60,000 megawatt hours of energy generation, and create 1.5 million days of employment.