The MENTOR Initiative started work in Yemen in 2017, when it was commissioned by the International Organization for Migration to conduct a needs assessment for malaria in the country and recommend adequate tools for disease control.
MENTOR has been fully operational in Yemen since 2020, with a focus on the prevention and control of dengue fever. To this end, MENTOR has been conducting regular entomological surveys in Aden governorate, assessing the abundance of Aedes mosquitoes over time and the species composition of the vector population. In addition, MENTOR has trained Dengue Prevention Assistants, who conduct dengue awareness campaigns in camps for Internally Displaced People as well as host communities. In coordination with the National Malaria Control Programme, MENTOR has also conducted large-scale dengue awareness campaigns in particularly vulnerable communities.
MENTOR aims to increase the geographical and programmatic scope of its activities in the upcoming months, covering additional governorates and targeting a wider variety of disease vectors that affect the most vulnerable populations in Yemen, whilst also increasing its research capacity in coordination with the National Malaria Control Programme and WHO.
Tailoring the MENTOR response...
The MENTOR Initiative have been distributing Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) materials in Yemen to raise awareness of dengue fever, including the methods of transmission, prevention, and treatment.
Where MENTOR in Yemen began...
Since the uprising in 2011, the Yemeni people have suffered the effects of this political instability, which include diminished public health and hygiene services which become a causal factor in the increase in cases of malaria or dengue fever. According to the World Health Organisation’s World Malaria Report (2019), approximately two-thirds of the population are at-risk of infection with malaria. The country’s National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) had been achieving substantial reductions in the malaria burden since its inception in 2000, but due to the challenges of the conflict (including displacement and the humanitarian crisis), their efforts have become severely hampered. Worse, many of the country’s population are inflicted by other common risk-factors associated with protracted conflict like malnutrition – a critical modulator of malaria morbidity and mortality. Severe acute malnutrition hampers early diagnosis and treatment, leaving children at the highest risk of severe disease and death.
In 2017, the UN International Organisation for Immigration commissioned The MENTOR Initiative to conduct a needs assessment on Malaria in Yemen.
Page last updated: 16-11-2021