People Helped in 2016: 222,159
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 and an estimated 18.8 million Yemenis do not know where their next meal will come from.
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.
WHAT WE ARE DOING
Our teams are continuing to support and treat children with the most serious form of malnutrition amid blockades, bombings, and continuous displacement. Despite access and security challenges we have been present in Yemen since 2012, treating malnourished children and improving families’ access to food.
Our 170-strong team is currently implementing programs in Abyan, Hajjah, Hodeidah and Lahij. These programs aim to treat malnourished children within their communities while improving access to clean water and sanitation. We enhance access to food through cash transfer programs and by increasing access to agricultural assets.
We also work in partnership with schools and health centers to improve access to water and sanitation, provide hygiene training to avoid the spread of waterborne disease, and distribute basic hygiene kits.
In 2015, our teams provided health and nutrition services to 86,636 people, helped 106,445 people improve their access to food and income, and delivered essential water and sanitation services to 76,945 people.
Yemen is one of the most forgotten humanitarian crises worldwide. Children and their families need urgent help.