The protracted conflict in Yemen has resulted in degradation of infrastructure, disrupted access to health services and deteriorating food security, in addition to civilian deaths due to ongoing military operations.
The absence of a death registration system has made it difficult to understand the impact of conflict, COVID-19, on mortality in Yemen. Mortality estimates are a key measure of population health; they expose the effects of crises and inform decisions about appropriate resource allocation.
We are public health researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). We have been working closely with academics and researchers inside Yemen on a project to estimate mortality in Yemen using a multi-method study. One of these methods is an online survey of the Yemeni Diaspora.
Are you part of the Yemeni diaspora?
We would like to invite members of the Yemeni diaspora to help us to understand mortality in Yemen by participating in this study. Participating in the study involves taking a 15-20 minute survey online. The survey asks for information about your close family (i.e. your parents, spouse, siblings, and nieces/nephews).
The survey is completely anonymous; we will not ask your name or for any other information that could identify you or any member of your family. After completing the questionnaire, you may be asked to invite five Yemenis (who also reside outside Yemen) from your social network to complete the same survey.
We will share the findings of the study on the HHCC website when they are published in mid-2022.
There cannot be any complacency as to the need for global action.
With your help, we can plug critical gaps in the understanding of COVID-19. This will support global response efforts and help to save lives around the world.