07 January 2024

Yemen: Investing in Human Capital to Protect the Future

Yemen's public health system has been devastated by conflict for more than seven years. As a result, only 51 percent of health facilities are still functioning. Yemen Humanitarian Overview 2022 estimates that as of today 21.9 million people, more than half of them children, need support to access critical health services. Additionally, more than…, Providing life-saving assistance to Yemenis, The Emergency Human Capital Project (EHCP) is supported by the World Bank’s International Development Association and implemented by UNICEF, WHO, and UNOPS. The project provides essential health, nutrition, water, and sanitation services to Yemen's population in response to deteriorating health and nutrition conditions. As part of a multisectoral…, Preventing health system collapse and strengthening workforce capacity, Initially, the World Bank intervention aimed to prevent the collapse of the health, nutrition, water, and sanitation systems due to conflict and economic crises. During the course of the project, however, the objectives evolved into a system-strengthening approach. This has meant expanding beyond the provision of inputs, to support aimed at…, A Health Worker Story from Socotra Island, UN0778596 UNICEF/UN0778596/DotNotion "My work at the health center means providing primary health care services to mothers, children, and the entire community. I am keen on making a difference and improving the health status of the population of the island.” Hamida, 26, Socotra Island Yemen’s Socotra Island, located 380 km south of the Arabian…, Improving access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene services, In 2018, as part of the WASH activities and in response to a cholera outbreak, EHNP set up the Cholera Response Program, which aimed at scaling up the delivery of an integrated package of health, water and sanitation services. Since early-2022, additional emergency WASH interventions have included the provision of fuel support for 33 local water…, EHCP supports 46% of Yemeni primary health care, Through EHCP interventions, more than 2,200 health facilities are supported in Yemen's 23 governorates. The interventions support the Minimum Service Package (MSP), improve access to essential preventive and curative nutrition services, and support administration, monitoring, and evaluation (M&E) of the EHCP.   EHCP supported primary health…, Preventive and curative nutrition services accessible, By addressing acute and chronic malnutrition, the project supported the provision of a package of essential nutrition services to vulnerable children and their families. Mobile teams and an extensive network of community health volunteers provided maternal and child nutrition services at PHC facilities and community levels. UN0692145 "Somaya’s…
16 April 2023

Deliver Essential Hygiene Kits to Internally Displaced People in Yemen

Yemen has been facing one of the world's most complex humanitarian crises for the past eight years. The country is experiencing devastating conflict and economic crisis, which have left millions of people in need of humanitarian aid. With nearly 15.3 million people in Yemen requiring access to clean water & sanitation system, the situation is…, First-Line Response Packages, To alleviate the suffering of people, UNICEF has been working with the support of the Government of Japan to provide essential support to displaced people across Yemen. One of the key initiatives implemented by UNICEF is the Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) kits, which include essential supplies such as basic hygiene kits, and female dignity kits.…, Impact on Displaced Yemenis, The support provided by the government of Japan and UNICEF has significantly assisted displaced people in Yemen. "The hygiene kit contained items that helped me and my family maintain our basic hygiene routine," Mahfoud Hazza'a, a displaced teacher from Al Hudaydah, said of receiving the hygiene kit. UN0827863 Mahfoudh Haza’a waits in line to…, Continuous Support, The Government of Japan has been a long-term partner of UNICEF in Yemen, supporting various programs to help children and families affected by the ongoing conflict. This support has helped UNICEF provide vital assistance to the most vulnerable children and families, including those displaced from their homes.
18 May 2022

Child alert: Severe wasting

Most people have never heard of wasting, also known as ‘severe acute malnutrition.’ But it is one of the leading underlying causes of preventable deaths in young children. Conflicts, and climate crises that destroy access to healthy diets, are causing that number to rise. But even in fairly stable countries, child wasting has been on the rise. ‘…, What is severe wasting? Wasting, defined as low weight-for-height, is the most visible and lethal type of malnutrition. Severe wasting, also known as severe acute malnutrition, is its most deadly form. It is caused by a lack of nutritious food and repeated bouts of diseases such as diarrhoea, measles and malaria, which compromise a child’s…, An escalating problem…, UN0631313 A woman walks past shelters at a site for internally displaced persons in Ethiopia. Countries across a variety of regions have seen a rise in wasting levels since 2016. There’s no single reason for this alarming rise. But cases are rapidly increasing in areas affected by conflict and climate shocks, precisely where the risk of child…, …and a largely invisible one, UN0403545 A woman in Ten Ngol village, Cambodia, sits with her daughter, who suffers from severe acute malnutrition. About a quarter of children suffering from severe wasting live in emergency contexts that generate news headlines, often with images of excruciatingly emaciated children. But severe wasting is most concentrated among the youngest…, But it’s preventable and treatable, UN0497049 A boy eats a ready-to-use therapeutic food during a nutrition screening day in Zulia, Venezuela. A relatively small additional investment – by donors, governments and other financial instruments – would dramatically reduce child death rates. And it would bring irrevocable socio-economic benefits to children who need help desperately.…, How is UNICEF responding?, UNI344662 A UNICEF nutrition specialist holds a malnourished baby at a nutrition rehabilitation centre in Nouakchott, Mauritania. In southern Madagascar, UNICEF provided life-saving treatment to more than 60,000 severely wasted children in 2021 – four times the number reached in 2020. Over 800,000 were reached with safe water, sanitation and…, UNICEF CHILD ALERT May 2022 An overlooked child survival emergency Severe wasting UNICEF CHILD ALERT Severe wasting An overlooked child survival emergency Contents Key messages 1 Foreword 3 The global scope and impact of child wasting 4 Box 1: Ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF): the gold standard for wasting treatment 8 Box 2: The Mid-Upper Arm…