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
360 employees
Program Start
2012

People Helped in 2018: 691,739

224,651
People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
395,534
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
102,666
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs 

The ongoing violence and insecurity in Yemen has 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.

As of December 2018, 24 million Yemenis needed humanitarian assistance, 27% more than last year. Two-thirds of regions are already in a pre-famine situation, and one-third is facing serious vulnerabilities. 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.

Devastating battles in the west of Yemen, beginning in June 2018, resulted in a deterioration of the food supply. Access to resources, people and operational capacity for humanitarian intervention remains limited.

Last year, we continued our multi-sectoral response to conflict in different governorates. Our nutrition and health programs focus on the treatment of acute malnutrition among children under five and their mothers. Our programs in food security and livelihoods 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. We are also very active in Yemen's nutrition sector, for example, by partnering up with the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MoPHP) to conduct nutrition surveys in the governorates of Hodeida, Abyan and Hajjah. 

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