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


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 before 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. At the end of 2018, 24 million Yemenis needed urgent humanitarian assistance.

Years of ongoing conflict and economic decline have exhausted the population’s infrastructure, destroying hospitals and schools. In 2018, access to resources, people and operational capacity for humanitarian intervention remains limited.


People we helped in 2018

What we are doing

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

  • Focused our programmes on the treatment of malnutrition among children under five and their mothers
  • Provided essential medical treatment to over 530,000
  • Ensured that almost 335,000 people had access to safe water
  • Promoted good hygiene practices
  • Treated more than 100,000 cholera cases in the hospitals we support
  • 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 working in Yemen. 


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

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Hajjah, Hodeida, Abyan, Lahj, Aden