Yemen Humanitarian Situation Report

January 2017

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  • The crisis in Yemen gives no respite and children are the most affected. In 2017, UNICEF needs US$236.6 million to provide life-saving assistance to 6.9 million children in the most vulnerable communities.
  • As famine looms in Yemen, number of children at risk of malnutrition is expected to increase. Currently over 462,000 children are suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM), scaling of nutrition support is urgent and must reach every corner of Yemen.
  • Increasing fighting in the western coast of the country has forced over 34,000 people to displace to safer locations. Displaced families are being hosted by local families or are concentrated in improvised settlements. Water, food and hygiene items are among the most urgent needs. UNICEF and partners are conducting needs assessments and as much as possible integrating WASH, health, nutrition and protection support in locations where security allows. Access is still restricted in some of the affected districts.
  • Due to the security situation, at least 28 schools in Al Mukha (Taizz) are closed and some regular programme activities have been suspended. •    In response to a potential measles outbreak in Al Maharah governorate, UNICEF and partners conducted a 6-days emergency vaccination campaign reaching 11,432 people.


Situation in Numbers


9.6 million children affected out of  18.8 million people affected

1.6 million children internally displaced (IDPs) / returnees out of 3 million IDPs and returnees (Task Force on Population Movement 12th report, Protection Cluster, Jan. 2017)

462,000 children under 5 suffering Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM)

14.5 million people in need of WASH assistance

14.8 million people in need of basic health care


UNICEF Appeal 2017

US$236.6 million 

2017 Funds available

US$78.6 million 

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