Nutrition support for displaced families in Ibb

UNICEF is working to reach every child with lifesaving nutrition support

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22 December 2019

Ibb governorate in the inland south of Yemen, borders Tai’zz, an area that continues to bear the brunt of ongoing conflict. This has meant, for the past two years, the area has seen a significant influx of internally displaced persons (IDPs). Ibb now hosts approximately a quarter of the two million IDPs in Yemen.

The influx of IDPs has strained the governorate’s resources. The deepening economic crisis has led to rising food and fuel prices and pushed families deeper into poverty. For many families even the most basic items are so expensive they are out of reach. Thousands of families are faced with the heartbreaking reality as their children suffer from malnutrition. 



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UNICEF team during their visit to the Malnutrition treatment center

In response to this growing crisis, UNICEF, with generous support from the United Arab Emirates Imdad Fund and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre), are scaling up a range of lifesaving nutrition interventions to families that need it most.


Care at every level

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Kinan Tareq, nine months old in the hands of his grand father.
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Kinan after being treated in the center

Baby Kinan Ali, is 9 months old, and has been able to access this lifesaving care when his grandfather brought him to the new Therapeutic Feeding Centre at the Children’s Hospital in Ibb. Thanks to support from crucial donors, the centre has recently been completed to respond to the growing needs in the community.


Getting life saving assistance out to the community

The United Arab Emirates Imdad Fund and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre) are also bringing lifesaving nutrition care direct to hard-to-reach communities to find children who need urgent care. With their support UNICEF mobilizes community health workers who travel through communities screening children for malnutrition.

Baby Hadda, for example, was displaced with his family because of fighting and is being screened for malnutrition. If he is found to be malnourished, he is immediately referred for care.

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Haddah, a year and seven months old child who was displaced from Al-Hodiedah during screening by UNICEF team to find out the degree of malnutrition

UNICEF heroes lending a helping hand

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Dr. Amal Atef, a health and nutrition specialist is one such hero working in Ibb to make sure families can access lifesaving assistance

“As the food security situation becomes worse in crisis affected parts of the country we must use every means possible to get nutrition support to children who need it most. From the hospital level right down to home in hard to reach communities we are screening and treating malnourished children. We can’t do this without generous support from our donors,” says Murad Abdullah, Health and Nutrition Officer, UNICEF Ibb Field Office.

UNICEF aims to reach every child with nutrition support. Working day and night across the country, in 2020 the organisation aims to reach over 330,000 children with live saving nutrition support.