07 April 2020

Vulnerability and Needs Assessment- Yemen

The report presents findings of the Vulnerability and Needs Assessment conducted in Amanat Al Asimah and Sana’a governorates in March-April 2018. The targeting exercise has sought to identify potential beneficiaries for the Integrated Model of Social and Economic Assistance (IMSEA) project aimed at delivering benefits and social services, and providing social and economic opportunities to destitute slum dwellers living in those two  governorates. The data were collected by Prodigy Systems, while the analysis of data was done by Interaction Yemen with support from the Social Welfare Fund (SWF) and UNICEF Yemen Country Office. The exercise was also aimed at identifying, quantifying and prioritizing the types of vulnerability among the target population, classifying the groups vulnerable to or already affected by the crisis, and assessing the impact of different shocks and stresses on them. Besides, the assessment has allowed creating a comprehensive baseline for analysis of the population data – at micro- or individual household-level – to provide a better grasp of the situation, and inform strategic project planning and design as well as monitoring and evaluation. The assessment has targeted a total of 5,252 households, 81% of which are located in Amanat Al-Asimah governorate, and 19% - in Sana’a governorate. The majority (87%) of the targeted households are ‘marginalized’ (Muhamasheen minority groups and the poorest non-Muhamasheen population groups) who have been permanently living in this geographic area, while 13% (n=702) are ‘displaced’ (internally displaced people (IDPs)) from other areas.
09 September 2019

Emergency Health and Nutrition Project Photobook

The health system was on the verge of total collapse. People had to travel hundreds of kilometers across rough terrain to reach the nearest hospital—unsure if they would even get the treatment they so desperately needed. The World Bank, UNICEF and WHO through the Emergency Health and Nutrition Project (EHNP), have made health care accessible for millions. They are investing in improving and strengthening human capital for the future—Yemen’s future. People no longer have to travel hundreds of miles to seek care, there are now health facilities that have been equipped through the Project to meet their needs. The EHNP also supports the water and sanitation services in Yemen. Since the beginning of the project, more than 1.5 million people have gained access to safe water. Around 2 million now have safe access to sanitation services. Water quality has improved by 50% in areas at high risk of diseases in several governorates. This Nexus has resulted in greater functionality; some facilities that were once damaged are now fixed. Greater functionality has led to greater service availability, ensuring millions now have access to healthcare - more than ever more and more people are seeking utilizing health services. Since 2017, the World Bank, UNICEF and WHO have teamed up to meet critical health needs in the middle of a conflict, to provide 16 million people with access to health care like never before. The Project not only supports hospitals with medicines, medical equipment and supplies, it also provides water and fuel to ensure that hospital doors stay open to receive the thousands who come through its doors daily. And at the centre of this are humanitarian life-saving interventions, delivering the basic health services needed as part of the Yemeni people’s “right to health” supporting the global initiative of Universal Health Coverage for all.
01 February 2019

Scaling Up Support

Yemen is currently one of the worst countries for a child to live in. The statistics for children in need are staggering. But these are not just numbers but children with names, faces, families, friends, stories, shattered dreams and lives cut short. Nearly four years of conflict in Yemen have brought untold suffering to millions of children in Yemen. Thousands have been killed or maimed in a war not of their making and the combined risk of conflict, disease and malnutrition is a daily reality these children. Those who survive will live with the scars of conflict.  The war in Yemen has decimated vital infrastructure on which adults and children alike depend for services: less than half of the country’s health facilities are functional; water and sanitation services are limited and the schooling of millions of children hangs in the balance. Moreover, the people of Yemen are facing an enormous humanitarian catastrophe compounded by violence, currency depreciation, the obstruction of essential commodities by import, non-payment of salaries for civil servants and the collapse of basic social services.  The situation for children in Yemen is extremely dire. What was a bad situation has become worse. Years of under development, poor governance, deep poverty, lack of basic infrastructure and economic stagnation have made Yemen one of the worst places to be a child.  UNICEF has been providing support across many fields, including health, nutrition, water and sanitation, education and child protection. In the last two years, UNICEF has expanded its programmes in Yemen in both scale and scope to become one of the biggest UNICEF programmes in the world in response to the increasing needs of the population in the country in general, and children and mothers in particular. Thanks to donors and our partners across Yemen, we have been able to provide support to millions of children. This booklet gives you a summary of UNICEF programmes in Yemen in 2017 and 2018, and stories of some of the children and adults our teams and partners support in the country.  You will see a story of a family that benefited from UNICEF’s response to one of the world’s largest suspected cholera outbreaks; a child who was treated for severe acute malnutrition; a father of six children who received support to provide for their basic needs; and a girl who went back to school thanks to UNICEF support. These stories inspire hope. And through the continued work of UNICEF and its partners, we can help deliver that hope.