Our work in Yemen | Action Against Hunger


An estimated 462,000 children are suffering life-threatening malnutrition. They need your help

Country Overview

Amid surging violence and heavy airstrikes in Yemen, millions of families are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. A conflict between Al Houthi forces and government forces and an international coalition started in March 2015.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 and an estimated 18.8 million Yemenis do not know where their next meal will come from.

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 percent of the population is in need of humanitarian assistance. The UN estimates 80 per cent of the population are in need of humanitarian assistance.

People we helped in 2016

What we are doing

Our teams are continuing to support and treat children with the most serious form of malnutrition amid blockades, bombings and continuous displacement. The deteriorating security situation, combined with the November 2017 blockade of sea and airports by the Saudi-led Coalition has had a significant impact on the implementation of project activities. Despite this, Action Against Hunger has been working closely with local authorities and the Ministry of Health to continue assistance where possible. 

Our 170-strong team are currently implementing programmes in Abyan, Hajjah, Hodeidah and Lahij. These programmes aim to treat malnourished children within their communities while improving access to clean water and sanitation. Despite challenges, our team treating children with sever accute malnutrition achieved a cure rate of 95% between October and December 2017. We enhance access to food through cash transfer programmes and by increasing access to agricultural assets. 

We also work in partnership with schools and health centres to improve access to water and sanitation, provide hygiene training to avoid the spread of waterborne disease, and distribute basic hygiene kits.

In 2016, our teams provided health and nutrition services to 98,242 people, helped 51,253 people improve their access to food and income, and delivered essential water and sanitation services to 72,664 people.

Yemen is one of the most forgotten humanitarian crises worldwide. Children and their families need urgent help.

“The humanitarian situation in Yemen is devastating for millions of families. An estimated 462,000 children are at risk of life-threatening malnutrition there and the situation only seems to be deteriorating. 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


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