USAID grants UNICEF US$28.9 million to respond to child malnutrition in Yemen

02 October 2022

Sana’a, 22 September 2022 – The United States Agency for International Development’s Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance (USAID/BHA) granted UNICEF US$28.9 million to support the organization’s plan to scale-up early detection and treatment for child malnutrition. A large portion of this grant will be used to procure Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) for children.

“In Yemen today, more than half a million children under the age of five suffer from severe acute malnutrition which is a life threatening condition. Thanks to generous donors like USAID/BHA, UNICEF is able to provide lifesaving assistance to these children”, says Philippe Duamelle, UNICEF Representative to Yemen.

Severe acute malnutrition is the most immediate, visible and life-threatening form of malnutrition. It increases the risk of death among children under five by up to 11 times compared to well-nourished children. In most cases, these children can be treated with Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF), allowing them to recover in their own homes and communities rather than in a health facility.



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