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Photo Essay: UNICEF provides emergency response to assist children affected by the conflict in Yemen

Photographs by Ansar Rasheed, Communication for Development Officer, UNICEF Aden Field Office, Yemen

Members of displaced and host communities have received trucked water in hard to reach and under-served locations in targeted areas.

Sana’a, Yemen - 09 September 2018 – More than three years of conflict in Yemen have left 22.2 million people, including 11.3 million children, in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. At least 16 million people lack access to safe water and sanitation and 16.37 million have limited or no access to health services, as the number of suspected cholera cases has increased, suggesting that the country might face a possible third wave of the epidemic. Since April 2017, more than 1.1 million suspected cholera cases and 2,310 associated deaths have been reported in Yemen. In that context, the contributions of donors are essential to enable UNICEF to respond to the urgent needs of children across Yemen and to maintain continuity of its programmes and activities.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the generous contributors to UNICEF emergency and humanitarian interventions in Yemen. Since 2015, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief), is responding to a wide range of urgent humanitarian needs of children, including children from displaced and marginalized communities living in conflict-affected areas.

This photo essay highlights some of UNICEF key achievements since August 2015, with support of KSrelief, to provide children with lifesaving emergency assistance in targeted areas, in the sectors of health and nutrition - with treatment for malnutrition and childhood diseases, immunization, vaccination, care of pregnant and lactating women – water, sanitation and hygiene services, cholera prevention and response as well as child protection and psychosocial support to conflict-affected children.

KSA funds have been used to support the opening of Outpatient Therapeutic Programme (OPT) centres and mobile teams (MTs) which provide treatment and ongoing monitoring for cases of severe acute malnutrition (SAM).

KSrelief supports outreach activities, including vaccination, reproductive health services, antenatal and postnatal care and integrated management of childhood illnesses (IMCI).

In targeted urban setting, people gained improved sanitation conditions through solid waste removal and disposal.

Basic hygiene kits have been distributed to displaced communities through UNICEF implementing partners.

With support of KSA, UNICEF also delivered key messages and good hygiene practices on hand washing, latrine use and safe water handling/storage to people from vulnerable communities. 

UNICEF provides urgent and life-saving response to children affected by the conflict through psychosocial support in safe and child-friendly spaces, mine risk education (MRE), and monitoring of child rights violations.

UNICEF appreciates the KSA long-term support to the humanitarian response in Yemen, which has proven to be fundamental to meet some of the most urgent needs of children and to ensure access to sufficient water, appropriate sanitation and life-saving health, therapeutic and preventative nutrition interventions.



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