Child Hunger and Famine Relief Fund
East Africa Child Food Crisis
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.
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.