The situation in Yemen

According to the United Nations,as of April 2018, an estimated 22.2 million people in Yemen now need some kind of humanitarian or protection assistance, including 11.3 million who are in acute need. Within this population, a staggering 8.4 million people are at risk of starvation. To
make this number more clear, that is nearly the entire population of New York City.

The UN also estimates that 107 districts across the country now face a growing risk of sliding into famine. At the same time, Yemen is grappling with outbreaks of cholera – more than one million suspected cases in the largest-ever outbreak in a single year. More than two million people remain displaced, straining their capacity to cope.

Amid these and other challenges, essential services provided by public institutions have all but collapsed. Conflict also escalated at the end of 2017 and is having a heavy impact on civilians.

The extended closure of key ports in November and December reduced the flow of basic commodities that Yemenis depend on for survival, pushing prices higher at a time when too many Yemenis already cannot afford basic necessities like food and water.

Yemen Facts

Poverty

  • 79% of the population is poor compared to 49% in 2017
  • GDP per capita has declined 61% in the last three years

People In Need

● 75% of the population, 22 million people, need some form of humanitarian assistance and protection

Food Security

● 60% of the population, 18 million people, are food insecure
● 8.4 million people do not know how they will obtain their next meal

Health

● Less than 50% of health facilities are functioning
● 18% of districts have no doctors
● 56% of the population, 16 million people, do not have regular access to basic health care

Water And Sanitation

● 55% of the population, 16 million people, do not have regular access to safe water and basic
hygiene
● 73% of the population does not have access to piped drinking water

Nutrition

● 25% of population, 7.5 million people, need nutrition support and 50% of all children are stunted
● 2.9 million children and women are acutely malnourished; the number of children suffering from severe acute malnutrition has increased 90% in the last three years

Education

● 48% of women are illiterate
● 25% of children are out of school
● 11% of schools are destroyed or used for other purposes

Gender

● 72% of girls are married before the age of 18
● 44% of marriages in hard-hit districts involve girls under the age of 15
● Less than 50% of births are attended by skilled health personnel

Displacement

● Two million people are displaced, 76% are women and children
● One million people have returned to their home areas

Economy

● 1.25 million civil servants are not receiving salaries
● Basic food prices have increased 98% and fuel 110% in the last three years
● In hard-hit areas unemployment rates are as high as 50%