The escalation of the conflict in Yemen has left almost 20 million people, half of them children, in need of basic health care assistance.
These huge needs come at a time when the health system is on the brink of collapse. Half the health facilities have either been partially damaged or completely destroyed by conflict, and health workers have not been paid in the last two years. Medicines and medical equipment are in short supply. Outbreaks of epidemic and water-borne diseases such as cholera and diphtheria show how precarious public health is in the current situation.
Children under the age of five continue to represent more than a quarter of all suspected cholera and acute watery diarrhoea cases.
Without access to basic and obstetric health care, clean water, sanitation facilities, food and shelter, young children and mothers are becoming more vulnerable to infectious and preventable diseases.