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Yemen has always been the poorest country in the Middle East and the levels of poverty, including malnutrition levels, were alarming before the conflict. However, the increase in household food insecurity, disease outbreaks and the collapse of the health system, along with high inflation and decline of the economy all contributed to aggravate the nutrition situation in the country.
As a result, Yemen is closer to famine than ever before. A total of 15.9 million people is severely food insecure, including 7 million malnourished people. Current estimates show that around a quarter of a million people, around 1% of the population, are living in famine-like conditions.
As the security and safety situation continues to decline due to the protracted conflict, the living conditions for the already destitute Yemeni population deteriorate further, with families struggling daily to secure basic needs.
Action against Hunger has been implementing programmes in four governorates in Yemen, remaining at the forefront of the response to the humanitarian crisis in the country, conducting multiple interventions to manage crises such as cholera outbreaks and displacement, as well as facilitating food security and nutrition projects.
We work in approximately 60 health facilities across the country treating acute malnutrition in stabilization centres and through home-based treatments. We additionally support the provision of essential medical treatments, and support health staff in their work
Our integrated humanitarian response also covers water, sanitation and hygiene programs through rehabilitation of water points and latrines, hygiene promotions and distribution of hygiene kits. We also provide immediate support families who are extremely vulnerable especially after their displacement from their homes due to combat through distribution of cash-transfers to cover basic food needs.
Maintaining operational presence in some of the most severely affected areas of the country and supporting those hardest to reach remains our greatest challenge.
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