Action Against Hunger works in Yemen to support over 22 million people in need of assistance


As violence in Yemen nears its fourth year, the country is facing the world's worst humanitarian crisis in decades.

Country Overview

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% of the population is in need of humanitarian assistance.More than 14 million people are facing starvation. It is believed that an estimated 85,000 children have died as a result of extreme hunger since the start of the conflict.

Years of ongoing conflict and economic decline have exhausted the population’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals and schools. In 2017, humanitarian intervention was restricted in terms of its access to resources, vulnerable people, and in its operational capacity. 


People we helped in 2018

What we are doing

Our teams are on the ground in Yemen, and despite access restrictions, in 2018 we:

  • Worked in 60 health facilities to treat acute malnutrition in almost 31,000 people
  • Provided essential medical treatment to over 530,000
  • Ensured that almost 335,000 people had access to safe water
  • Promoted good hygiene practices
  • Ran a key diarrhea treatment facility in Hodeidah treating severe cases and promoting good health promotion activities
  • Helped families displaced from their homes due to combat
  • Also work to prevent the underlying causes of malnutrition, including poverty, by supporting employment and self-employment opportunities. 

Action Against Hunger is one of the few international aid organisations on the ground in Yemen. 

“The humanitarian situation in Yemen is devastating for millions of families. We are treating malnourished children who are in a more severe condition and are older than those we treated prior to the conflict - this demonstrates the seriousness of the crisis.” 
Jean-Michel Grand, Executive Director, Action Against Hunger

"Civilians are the first to suffer from the lack of respect for the fundamental rules of international humanitarian law: indiscriminate bombing and airstrikes, ceasefire ignorance, schools and health facilities being occupied by armed groups, the destruction of civilian infrastructure." - Lucile Grosjean, Advocacy Manager, Action Against Hunger in France


Photo credits: © F. Seriex for Action Against Hunger and Ammar Bamatraf

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Hajjah, Hodeida, Abyan, Lahj