Index / Health
Yemen is ranked 20 of MENA countries, coming out last among countries in the Middle East. Yemen scores poorly on all central factors, life expectancy is almost 16 years less than Jordan's, and compared to neighbouring countries, 11 years less than Oman and 13 years less than Saudi Arabia.
There has been a great development of Yemeni health infrastructure in recent years, but there is quite a bit of road to travel. As of 2003, only 50% of the population had access to local health services, and then it is in particular in rural areas that services are limited, reaching only 25%. The same year, only 36% of births were under medical supervision.
Health conditions and diseases
There is no single factor in the general health situation that deviates from the average, but things have drastically improved in recent years. Child mortality was 110 to 1000 in the late 1990's, it is now down to 79. Life expectancy is up from 55 years to 63 years.
There are few dangerous diseases, but the widespread use of khat (mild narcotics which is allowed in some Western countries) represent both a health problem as well as a problem for development of the economy and society.
Figures of 2006 from WHO show that 66% have good access to clean water, 46% access to good sanitation. While there is no difference between towns and countryside for water, only 30% in the countryside have access to sanitation, compared to 88% in towns.