Yemen Children

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One of the worst hunger crises in the world is occurring in Yemen. Deadly civil war and the loss of agricultural production in areas of intense fighting have put millions of children at grave risk of malnutrition. It’s estimated that 17 million people are in a food “emergency,” meaning that they struggle to feed themselves every day. It’s also estimated that 4.5 million children and pregnant or lactating women are in urgent need of nutrition services to treat or prevent malnutrition.

Save the Children has worked in Yemen since 1963. Our decades of work and trained staff are driving our response to the hunger and malnutrition children are experiencing. We currently support 74 health facilities and operate 10 mobile health and nutrition teams in all areas of the country. We identify and treat moderately and severely malnourished children and provide food to very vulnerable families. Families may also receive electronic vouchers redeemable for food.

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About Yemen

Children in Yemen are facing a massive crisis. Volatile armed conflicts and rapidly shifting frontlines have been happening in the midst of growing poverty and an already large-scale humanitarian crisis. As the conflict rages on, the needs of vulnerable children continue to grow. Boys and girls are growing up in the poorest country in the Arab world with little opportunity for education and development.

Facts About

More than 26.8 Million
live there

Girls only stay in school an average of 9 years

51 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns an average
of just $3 a day

Our Work

Save the Children has been working in Yemen since 1963. The first international aid group in Yemen, we work nationally and locally to promote and protect children's rights, with programs in education, protection and survival.

Our Work in

Last Year, Save the Children...

protected 316,054
from harm

provided 448,853 children
with a healthy start in life

gave 105,179 children
vital nourishment

Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2015 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2015; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2015; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2015

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