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Photo essay: Providing life-saving nutritional support to conflict-affected children in the south of Yemen

By Ansar Rasheed, Communication for Development Officer

26 June 2018 - Malnutrition remains a significant challenge to child survival and development in Yemen. Since the beginning of the conflict in March 2015, malnutrition rates have sharply deteriorated and now over 1.8 million children and 1.1 million pregnant and lactating women are now at risk, including 400,000 children under the age of five who are at grave risk of suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

UNICEF Yemen is grateful for the support received from the United Arab Emirates - Ministry of International Cooperation and Development to provide children in urgent need with lifesaving nutrition supplies, and establish and support Outpatient Therapeutic Programmes across the South of Yemen, so they are equipped to provide critical nutritional support.

This photo essay documents the stories of children and their families who are benefitting from this support in the Outpatient Therapeutic Programme (OTP) at Hashid health facility in Al Mansourah district, Aden.

“My son Mohammed is 9 months old and has been diagnosed with malnutrition. I now come to this OTP center twice a week for his treatment. He is getting better day after day. We fled from Taiz six months ago because of the conflict and we are now living here with another hosted family. My son survived the war and now I hope he will survive malnutrition and get healthy soon.” Mohammed's mother, an IDP from Taiz now living in Aden.

“This OTP center is serving over 78,000 people in the district of Al Mansourah. We have to deal with several cases of malnutrition every day. With the medical supplies which we are now receiving, we are able to provide better treatment for the children who are suffering.” Arid, a health worker at the OTP in Hashid health facility.

“My twins Ali and Mohammed are malnourished. I come with their mother to this OTP regularly so they can receive treatment and we can get some advice. The health staff are really helpful and give us some counselling, so that we know how to look after them at home. The health staff are also giving us counselling session on how to look after them when they are at home. Luckily the twins are getting a bit better which is a relief.” Abdullah, father of 11 month year old twins.

Here Abdullah and his wife leave the OTP with their twins following a treatment session.

Outside the OTP, mothers and their children are waiting their turn to get a checkup and receive medical services.

This girl is called Rawah. Thanks to the treatment at the OTP she is now cured from malnutrition and is coming back with her brother for a checkup.

Photo Credits: ©UNICEF/2018/Abdulbaki 



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