Yemen: Starving Sick Children Need Our Help - MDR

The world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Yemen’s civil war, entering its fifth year with no immediate hope of peace in view, is driving residents of the Middle East’s poorest country deeper into misery. 

>  20 million people across the country are food insecure, half of them suffering extreme levels of malnutrition:   3.2 million required treatment for acute malnutrition, including 2 million children under five, and more than 1 million pregnant and lactatng women.

> Two thirds of the population - 17.8 million people - lack access to safe water and sanitation, which contributes to spread of cholera and water-borne diseases.

>  Since 2015, the public health system in Yemen has essentially collapsed. Supplies of medications and vaccines are extremely limited and there has been  a resurgence in deadly preventable diseases (cholera, measles, and diphtheria).

> “The impact of the conflict in Yemen runs deep and has not spared a single child” [Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF]  .  A United Nations report in early 2019 concluded:  “Yemen now risks losing its youngest generation to a vicious cycle of violence, displacement, poverty and illiteracy.” 

***MDR is a Non-Profit Organization working for Humanitarian Relief and Development in Yemen, locally administered and staffed.

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