USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) Contributes US$30 Million to UNICEF Yemen for Lifesaving Treatment of Severe Acute Malnutrition in Children

12 May 2024

Sana'a, 07 May 2024 – UNICEF will reach nearly 500,000 cases of severe acute malnutrition with further funding from the United States Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance. At a time when millions of Yemeni children are facing the devastating consequences of the protracted conflict, poverty, massive displacement, and ravaged socioeconomic and health systems in the country, this will go a long way to help alleviate severe and acute malnutrition across Yemen.

UNICEF will distribute the Ready to Use Therapeutic Food supplies to reach the most affected areas and communities, prioritizing those with limited access to healthcare services and resources. The funding will support in-country logistics costs, including warehousing and transportation to maintain the nutrition supply chain system intact.

"We are grateful for the generous contribution from the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance to support our ongoing efforts to ensure that children receive essential nutrients needed to survive and thrive," said Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Representative to Yemen. "This funding will make a significant impact on the lives of Yemeni children who urgently require lifesaving treatment for severe acute malnutrition."

In Yemen, some 2.7 million children are acutely malnourished with nearly 600,000 cases of severe acute malnutrition among children under the age of five. While the de-fact truce since April 2022 has reduced civilian casualties significantly, 17.6 million people, or over half of the population continue to face food insecurity.

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