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


Yemen is facing a severe security and food crisis. An estimated 22.2 million people are in need of assistance.

Country Overview

Three years of ongoing conflict and economic decline have exhausted the population's abilities to adapt, destroyed infrastructure and seriously disrupted the Yemen's economy.

In February 2017, the UN Secretary General announced that there was a credible risk of famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen - the first time such a declaration had been made since the 2011 crisis in the Horn of Africa. Operations in Yemen have been severely restricted by several factors, but communities are still desperately in need of humanitarian assistance.On 15th October, 2018, the United Nations warned there could be just three months left to avoid what could be ‘the worst famine in 100 years’, adding that a coalition military offensive on the rebel-had port of Hodeida would have an ‘incalculable human cost’. 

An estimated 12 to 13 million people are now facing starvation in Yemen, according to the UN. In addition, 16.4 million people lack access to health services, resulting in recurrent waves of cholera over the last 15 months. Finally, around 1.8 million children and 1.1 million pregnant and lactating women are severely malnourished, including 400,000 children under the age of five, who are suffering severe acute malnutrition.

People we helped in 2017

What we are doing

Despite access restrictions, Action Against Hunger reached more than 300,000 people in 2017.

We continue to:

  • Deliver nutrition and health programmes
  • Provide support for acutely malnourished children under five and their mothers
  • Support food security and livelihoods by distributing food, money or coupons
  • Promote and distribute hygiene kits
  • Rehabilitate water points and latrines
  • Deliver training to health workers

Finally, nearly 30,000 suspected cases of cholera were treated by Action Against Hunger-supported hospitals in an area of conflict near the town of Hodeidah. 

“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


Action Against Hunger | Help save children in conflict zones
Action Against Hunger | Help save children in conflict zones


Help save children in conflict zones

Photo credits: © F. Seriex for Action Against Hunger

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