Deadly hunger and aid shortages amidst Yemeni families as COVID-19 pandemic spreads
Life in Yemen
Number of malnourished children could reach 2.4 million by end of year, a 20 per cent increase, according to the recent 2020 UNICEF report. Health facilities and clinics continue to decline in care as years of conflict continues. Yemen faces huge shortage of medicine, medical equipment and staffing, and aid.
“Yemen remains to be the ‘World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis’ for its third year.”
– UNHCR, 2020
- Population: 30.5 million
- 24.1 million people in need
- Access to water is very poor — 9.58 million children do not have access to clean and sufficient water and hygiene.
- 20.1 million people face hunger
- 14.4 million in need of protection, assistance, and services
- 3.65 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
- 1 million pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and their children are at risk to lose access to healthcare
- 7.8 million children do not have access to education.
The humanitarian crisis in Yemen is the worst in the world, driven by conflict, economic collapse, and the continuous breakdown of public institutions and services.
Political and economical instability and collapse leads Yemen into a severe humanitarian and development crisis – Following several dramatic political and security events that occurred between 2011 and 2014, Yemen descended into a full-fledged military conflict in March 2015. This conflict, coupled with insecurity, political instability, blockages to food and fuel deliveries, and general economic collapse has led to a severe humanitarian and development crisis, which has exacerbated what was already a fragile situation.
UMR Yemen engages across the above-identified priority areas: health, food security and child protection. In Yemen, rapid response is crucial to catch up to a continuously evolving situation, and be able to tackle preventable disease and hunger.
UMR’s Charity Bakeries provide bread to the most vulnerable families in Yemen. UMR, working with local partners on the ground, has completed the construction of a Charity Bakery in Aden and works in partnership with Mercy Bakery to ensure warm bread and food staples are delivered to the most underprivileged communities.
- Charity Bakeries employ staff who are selected from local communities including vulnerable people who are food insecure, women who are widows, and older persons with large families.
- Ingredients are procured locally, and families of concern are provided with vouchers which are brought to the bakery in exchange for loaves of bread.
UMR boasts a strong medical gifts-in-kind supply chain. We work with private medical providers to procure medical supplies ranging from disposables such as gloves, bandages, and prescription medications to equipment critical to the success of a healthcare institution such as x-ray and ultrasound machines.
Food Intervention – UMR sends large shipments of food packages to Yemen year-round. The parcels contain life-saving items such as flour, rice, beans, pasta, lentils, tomato paste, sugar, oil, and more. We also provide Yemen with food during seasonal campaigns, such as Qurbani. Our packages contain enough food to feed a family of 5 for an ENTIRE MONTH.
“Today, May 14, 2020, UMR distributed 100 food parcels to the most vulnerable families in Hudaidah, Yemen. A UMR representative explained that, “people were crying from happiness.” UMR has been working in Yemen for years. From building bakeries to supply people with free bread, to providing orphans with essential care, we are committed to improving the quality of life in Yemen.”
Winter Kits for Yemen – This year UMR added Yemen to its annual winterization campaign, which will help to elevate the humanitarian crisis in the country. UMR will provide families with supplies that vary between $100 food pack, $150 winter kit, $300 fuel voucher, and $550 complete winter package.
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