Al-Sabeen Children’s Hospital

Proceeds from this year’s Smithdown Litfest will go to Al-Sabeen Children’s Hospital in Sana’a Yemen. Health workers at the hospital are treating children affected by war, severe and acute malnutrition, cholera, diphtheria, malaria, dengue and COVID-19.

Fundraising for the hospital supports health workers to do their work, purchase vital lifesaving medicines, PPE, basic medical equipment and pay for tests and investigations for families that cannot afford treatment for their child. International aid to support Al-Sabeen and other hospitals in need has been cut by up to 80% since the end of March 2021.

Yemen has endured over five and a half years of war and is the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. Al-Sabeen Hospital is the only centre in Yemen with a functioning Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and children can still access adequate medical care. Al-Sabeen services are provided for free, which is unusual in Yemen, and staff volunteers are well motivated but have not received salaries during the war and face severe shortages of supplies. Al-Sabeen paediatric unit is led by alumni who completed their post-graduate studies at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in Liverpool. They are senior Yemeni paediatricians and have shown incredible resilience in the face of war and multiple hardships and have been recognised internationally for their brilliance and commitment.

To date money raised through solidarity fundraising in Liverpool has:

*supported nurses, doctors, orderlies and porters (even things like making sure they are able to get to work)

*extended the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Services for babies and children at the hospital

*bought equipment (feeding tubes, pulse oximetry, thermometers, resuscitation sets) and lifesaving drugs including antibiotics

* bought fully compliant PPE (including face shields and full body suits), gloves, masks and sanitiser

* bough food packs for the most needy of the children’s families – 95% of patients are in desperate need and unable to pay for medicines