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2019 Humanitarian Action for Children: Yemen

UNICEF Yemen/2018/Fuad
© UNICEF Yemen/2018/Fuad

The conflict-driven humanitarian crisis in Yemen is the largest emergency globally, with more than 24.1 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Conflict has led to internal displacement of 3.6 million people, including 2 million children, left millions of public sector workers without salaries for years and undermined humanitarian access to many vulnerable populations. An estimated 12 million Yemenis, including 7 million children, will depend on food assistance in 2019. The economic deterioration continues, with the rial losing nearly 50 per cent of its value since September 2018, and affected families struggling to purchase food. Escalation of violence in the port of Hudaydah has threatened the delivery of essential food and medicines throughout the country. Nearly 358,000 children under 5 years suffer from severe acute malnutrition (SAM), and require treatment. Only 10 per cent of children under 6 months are exclusively breastfed and majority of children are deprived of a healthy diet. Only 15 per cent of children are eating the minimum acceptable diet for survival, growth and development. Rising food insecurity, with poor sanitation and lack of safe water has increased preventable diseases. Immunization coverage has stagnated at the national level with declines seen in many areas resulting in outbreaks of measles, diphtheria and other vaccine preventable disease. Access to primary healthcare for mothers, their newborns and children remains an issue. Since late 2016, over 1.3 million cases of suspected cholera have been reported, with over 311,000 cases reported in 2018. UNICEF and partners integrated cholera response has been effective, however, cholera remains endemic in Yemen, and resurgence remains a real risk in 2019. Children are the primary victims of the crisis. According to the Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting on grave child rights violations, more than 6,700 children have been verified as killed or maimed since the start of the conflict and more than 2,700 boys have been recruited into armed forces and groups ; however, the actual figures are likely to be higher. Children remain under extreme risk of death or injury from unexploded ordinances, landmines and explosive remnants of war. The damage and closure of schools and hospitals are threatening children's access to education and health services, rendering them vulnerable to serious protection concerns. At least 2 million children in Yemen are out of school.

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Revised April: 2019: Humanitarian Action for Children: Yemen [PDF]

Document: 2019: Humanitarian Action for Children: Yemen [PDF]

Website: Humanitarian Action for Children: Yemen Appeal >>

Funding requirements

In line with the 2019 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan published in February 2019, UNICEF has revised its appeal requirements and is requesting US$ 535.6 million. This funding is critical to meet the humanitarian needs of vulnerable Yemeni children and their families. UNICEF is requesting funds, especially flexible resources, to meet the critical immediate and longer term needs of children and their families in Yemen.





Situation in numbers

12.3 million
# of children in need

24.1 million
# of people in need

US$ 536 million
UNICEF Appeal 2019


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