>> On Yemen's west coast, Mohammad Al-Hasami gets help from villagers to pay for his mother's cancer treatment in a nearby city. He has no other option.>> I have to take my mother to Hudaydah from Malhan. I do not have the money for transport. There are no salaries and no work.
My village helps me with the money for her treatment and I come here.>> Millions of Yemeni's are at risk from hunger and cholera brought on by three years of war. But that crises has also hit cancer patients. They're struggling to get treatment in a country where the economy and infrastructure have collapsed.
The World Health Organization says around 35,000 people have cancer in Yemen, with about 11,000 cases diagnosed each year. Most people can't afford the necessary medicines. And the National Oncology Center in the capital Sana'a, which admits around 600 new cancer patients each month, only received $1 million in funding last year.
That's down from 15 million previously. That money was mainly used to purchase chemotherapy medications and anti-cancer drugs for other centers across the country. The few beds available at the Sana'a center are reserved for children. Other patients receive treatments intravenously while sitting on dilapidated recliner chairs or in the waiting area.
Yemen is embroiled in a war between the Saudi lead military coalition and the Iranian alliance group. The fighting has crippled it's economy and healthcare system and unleashed the worlds most urgent humanitarian crisis, with millions facing starvation and disease. Now there are fears that cancer centers across the country could close due to lack of funding, leading to even more misery in Yemen.