Twenty-five percent of children in Hodeidah are suffering from acute malnutrition. If nutritional support from humanitarian partners is disrupted, it will endanger the lives of almost 100,000 children.
“Dozens of UN staff are in the city helping to deliver food, water and health services,” said Lise Grande, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen. “We estimate that 600,000 civilians are in the city - many of whom are dependent on assistance to survive.”
African countries top the Norwegian Refugee Council's list for a third year in a row. The list is based on three criteria: lack of funding, dearth of media attention, and political and diplomatic neglect.
A child has her upper-arm measured with a mid-upper arm circumference tape by a vaccination team member.
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The UNICEF-supported campaign was launched in 39 high-risk districts in March, covering 75 per cent of the target: children under 7 years with Penta vaccine and children between 7 and 15 years with Tetanus/Diptheria vaccine.
Children are the most vulnerable when conflict or disaster causes the collapse of essential services such as healthcare, water and sanitation. Almost one in four children now lives in a country affected by conflict or disaster.
An estimated 400,000 children under 5 years will suffer from severe acute malnutrition in 2018, and the damage or closure of schools and health facilities will threaten children's development for years to come.