People Helped in 2017: 648,980
Amid surging violence and heavy airstrikes in Yemen, millions of families are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.
The ongoing violence and insecurity has pushed the nation into a devastating humanitarian crisis. Even prior to the recent upsurge in violence families were facing severe hardship in Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world.
Child malnutrition rates are among the highest in the world. Women and children are particularly vulnerable due to the breakdown of health services, poor water and sanitation, and insufficient access to health services, particularly in rural areas. The UN estimates 80 percent of the population is in need of humanitarian assistance.
Three years of ongoing conflict and economic decline have exhausted the population’s adaptation mechanisms, destroyed infrastructure and seriously disrupted the country’s economy. In 2017, humanitarian intervention was restricted in terms of its access to resources, beneficiaries, and in its operational capacity.
Yemen is facing a severe security and food crisis, and an estimated 22.2 million people are in need of assistance. An estimated 17.8 million are food insecure and around 16 million are in need of support for water, sanitation and hygiene. 8.4 million are on the brink of famine. In addition, 16.4 million people lack access to health services, resulting in recurrent waves of cholera over the last 15 months. Around 1.8 million children and 1.1 million pregnant and lactating women are severely malnourished, including 400,000 children under the age of five who are suffering from severe acute malnutrition.
Despite difficult access, we reached more than 600,000 beneficiaries in 2017. Our nutrition and health programs provide support for acutely malnourished children under five and their mothers; food security and livelihoods programs through the direct distribution of food or money and/or food coupons; and water, sanitation and hygiene programs including promotion and distribution of kits, and rehabilitation of water points and latrines. We have trained health workers and treated nearly 30,000 suspected cases of cholera at Action Against Hunger-supported hospitals in a conflict zone near the port city of Hodeidah. We are also very active in the Yemen nutrition cluster and, in 2017, led a SMART survey in Lahj Governorate.