Yemen

Photo: Florian Seriex for Action Against Hunger, Yemen
Photo: Florian Seriex for Action Against Hunger, Yemen
Population
26.8 million
Human Development Index
168 (out of 188 countries ranked)
Our Team
277 employees
Program Start
2012

People Helped in 2019: 572,376

244,649
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
254,212
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
73,515
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs 

The ongoing violence and insecurity in Yemen have pushed the nation into a devastating humanitarian crisis. Even prior to current conflict, families were facing severe hardship in Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world.

Nearly 24 million Yemenis needed humanitarian assistance, 27% more than last year. Hunger levels are growing: 238,000 people are facing famine conditions. Around 7.4 million people need treatment for malnutrition, of which, two million are children under five years old. With regards to water, sanitation and hygiene, 17.8 million people do not have access to the necessary facilities, and 19.7 million people lack access to adequate health care. A massive cholera epidemic has also affected the country, and large numbers of people have been internally displaced.  

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Devastating battles in the west of Yemenhave resulted in a deterioration of the food supply. The city of Hodeida remains under seige. Access to resources, people and operational capacity for humanitarian intervention is increasingly difficult.

Last year, Action Against Hunger worked to strengthen capacity within the Ministry of Health and at health facilities to improve malnutrition treatment services. Our food security and livelihoods teams supported families suffering from hunger with cash transfers, helping them buy food, medicine, and other necessities. are characterised by the direct distribution of food, cash and/or food vouchers, systematically supplemented by water, sanitation and hygiene activities including the promotion and distribution of kits and the rehabilitation of water points and latrines.

More than 100,000 suspected cholera cases have been treated by the hospitals we support. In addition to supplying clean water to families in need, we promoted healthy hygiene and help prevent the spread of illnesses like cholera and COVID-19. 

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