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Mothers in Yemen team up to keep their children healthy

UNICEF Yemen/2019/Rasheed

   

Umm Ahmed is proudly wearing her Jaadatina badge, which represents much more than just a shiny piece of metal to her. “I was given this medal when I joined the club. With the other women, I go and speak to mothers like me, to spread messages about health and hygiene,” says Umm, who, like other mothers, became a role model in her community when she decided to support the Jaadati or “Mother to Mother”. As a part of UNICEF efforts to prevent the spread of deadly diseases, such as cholera and acute watery diarrhoea, the Jaadatis are mothers that promote health and hygiene practices in eight cholera-affected districts of the southern governorates of Aden.

Saba: A chance for survival in Yemen

UNICEF Yemen/2019

Nearly two years ago, Saba opened her eyes for the first time. Like any other parents, hers were hoping to see their little girl growing up in a loving and peaceful world, so she could one day become what she wanted to be. But Saba was born in Yemen, where every day, children are bearing the brunt of the conflict which broke out over four years ago. Across the country, 2 million children are suffering from malnutrition, including nearly 360,000 severely malnourished children who, like Saba, could die any minute if not urgently treated. The poor health infrastructure and the lack of health workers exacerbate this dire situation, putting children’s lives at risk.

2019 Humanitarian Action for Children: Yemen

2019 Humanitarian Action for Children: Yemen

  

   

The conflict-driven humanitarian crisis in Yemen has been described as the largest emergency in the world, with more than 22 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Conflict has led to the internal displacement of 2.2 million people, left over 1 million public sector workers without pay for two years and undermined humanitarian access. An estimated 12 million Yemenis, including 2 million children, will be dependent on food assistance in 2019.

   

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