UNICEF Yemen Humanitarian Situation Report (February 2017) [EN/AR]

Report
from UN Children's Fund
Published on 28 Feb 2017

Highlights

· With 17.1 million food-insecure people in Yemen - 7.3 million of them in need of emergency food assistance to survive – the country is currently on the brink of famine. 462,000 children under 5 are suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition and require immediate assistance.

· Intense hostilities continued in the western coast forcing more than 55,000 people to leave their homes. UNICEF and partners continue providing life-saving assistance to displaced children and their families and supporting basic services. Some locations are unreachable due to security constraints.

· Contributing to maintain the polio-free status in the country despite the ongoing crisis of the health system, UNICEF supported a nationwide polio vaccination campaign, reaching over 4.5 million children in all governorates. During the campaign, over 4.3 million children received Vitamin A supplementation.

· As part of the ongoing Cholera Outbreak Response, chlorination of water sources and water storage tanks reached over 171,000 people in at-risk communities. Distribution of hygiene kits and water tanks, as well as community awareness sessions are part of the integral response.

· Eight schools were rehabilitated in February bringing the total number of schools renewed by UNICEF to 618, allowing more than 456,000 children to access education during the 2016-2017 school year.