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Sexual and Reproductive Health in Yemen

Yemen is among the least developed countries in the world and the most underdeveloped in the Arab region. To improve the well-being of Yemenis and the country’s economic development, family planning and reproductive healthcare are essential. According to The World Bank, Yemen’s population is approximately 25 million, of which nearly 75% are under the age of 30 and 46% are under 14.  A low rate of modern contraceptive use (29%), a high fertility rate, on average 4.4 (YNHDS,2013), and a majority of the population at or nearing reproductive age all contribute to the projection of a doubled population in 20 years.

On the other hand, Yemen’s maternal mortality ratio of 148 per 100,000 live births is one of the highest in the world and the highest in the Middle East. This high maternal mortality rate is linked to high fertility, limited antenatal, poor nutrition and illiteracy. Deliveries attended by qualified health personnel are as low as 45%, while deliveries in health facilities is only 30%.