A crushing humanitarian crisis
At this moment, Yemen is in the midst of a crushing humanitarian crisis as it battles the triple threat of cholera, conflict and starvation. Years of poverty, underdevelopment and conflict have beset the people of Yemen: over 3.1 million are internally displaced and the country’s infrastructure and services are in ruins.
According to the WFP (2017), the famine means that 17 million people do not have enough to eat, with 6.8 million on the brink of starvation. Over 3.3 million of these are children and pregnant or nursing women. These are dangerously malnourished and need immediate assistance. The rates of chronic hunger are so high that children in Yemen may be permanently damaged both physically and mentally.
Yemen is also threatened by a cholera epidemic. Suspected cases of this potentially deadly disease have reached 500,000, with over 2,000 deaths. There is right now a high risk of this epidemic spreading.
TOTAL POPULATION 27.4 MILLION
PEOPLE IN NEED OF HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE 18.8 MILLION
FOOD INSECURE PEOPLE 17 MILLION
DANGER OF STARVATION: 6.8 MILLION OF THESE 3.3 MILLION ARE CHILDREN
Conflict means that access to clean water and safe sanitation is limited for many. With malnourishment weakening many people, their ability to fight off water-borne illness is reduced. This means that more people, in particular children and the vulnerable, may die from preventable causes.Please Help our Work Saving Lives in Yemen
Human Appeal has been working in Yemen since 2014. In the first year of operations we delivered food aid to 22,000 residents and IDPs in Aden, Taiz, Dar Saad, Al Boraiqah, Al-Dhale’e and Sana’a. When Cyclone Chapala hit Al Mukala, Human Appeal was quick to respond with food parcels for 6,500 people, and during the dengue fever outbreak our prevention and clean water projects supported 300,000 people in Aden. We also distributed clothing to vulnerable children in Aden and provided clean water to schools and IDPs in Aden and Lahj, benefitting 3,640 people.
In 2016, Human Appeal provided food aid to IDPs and residents of Taiz. In 2017 we have been providing emergency aid including medical, hygiene and nutrition supplies to children in Al-Jumhori Hospital in Sa’dah. We also provided 10 incubators for premature babies at the Al- Sabeen Hospital in Sana’a and will be providing Al-Jumhori Hospital with a C-arm (a medical imaging device). We continued to deliver food for 17,660 people to date, and supported 300 orphans.
Human Appeal has been to the fore of the response to the cholera epidemic. After the second outbreak in May 2017, we carried out a rapid needs assessment in Sana’a and Al Hudaydah. In coordination with the UN Health Cluster, we delivered 100 beds with medical mattresses to cholera centres in Sana’a. We also supported hospitals with medical supplies such as oral rehydration solutions, antibiotics, syringes, gloves, masks, protection gowns and head covers, allowing them to treat 24,800 people.Yemen Medical Fund