Yemen: Appeal no. MAAYE001 (Appeal Revision)

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In Brief

Appeal Revision

Initial Appeal target 2006-2007: CHF 3,626,081 (USD 3,045,460 or EUR 2,282,690)

Revised Appeal target: CHF 3,305,950 (USD 2,776,310 or EUR 2,081,645)

Appeal budget for 2006: CHF 1,568,986

Appeal budget for 2007: CHF 1,736,964

Related Emergency or Annual Appeals:

- Yemen Appeal 2006-2007. For details, please go to the website at,

- Programme Update no. 1. For details, please go to the website at,

- Programme Update no. 2. For details, please go to the website at,

- Annual Appeal 2006-2007 for Middle East. For details, please go to the website at,

- More information on Red Cross Red Crescent work in MENA can be found at,

Programme summary:

This appeal has been thoroughly revised to better align it with the Federation Global Agenda Goals and the Operational Alliances pilot process, as part of the Federation of the Future process. To do this, the Federation Office in Yemen, together with the Yemen Red Crescent Society (Yemen RCS) conducted a review exercise to re-evaluate the objectives, expected results and related activities in order to prioritize support. The revised appeal represents a better focusing of the Federation activities on key areas which will further enhance the capacities of the National Society to deliver quality services for the most vulnerable. Detailed information on the programme and budget revision is included along with logframes which explain the improved programme focus.


The Republic of Yemen, with an area of 530,000 Km2 and a population of around 20 million is recurrently affected by both man-made disasters like civil strife and natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, epidemics and tropical/semi-tropical diseases. Yemen also receives a continuing influx of refugees from neighbouring countries in the Horn of Africa.

Yemen is the poorest country in the Middle East and North Africa region. The numbers of doctors per capita is seven times lower than in neighbouring Sultanate of Oman. The humanitarian context at a glance:

In recent years, public policy in Yemen has shifted towards a ‘free market economy’ as a result of which the scope of public services has been considerably restricted. Although the shift is expected to foster a more positive environment for development with increased private sector and civil society involvement, the short term impact has affected most of the people, especially the poor with very low coping capacities

Established as a voluntary relief society, auxiliary to the public authorities, the Yemen RCS delivers humanitarian and social services through a network of branches covering 12 out of the 22 governorates. In the context of poverty and vulnerability reduction in line with the Global Agenda of the Federation and the UN Millennium Development Goals, the Yemen RCS is committed to contributing substantially to the reduction of deaths due to disasters and health emergencies as well as to the promotion of human dignity and tolerance.

In a partnership meeting in November 2006, the Yemen RCS launched a new strategy for 2007-2011, focusing on building up capacities and scaling up services. The new strategy sets the Society’s vision and direction on the basis of which it aspires to achieve greater results based on a more coherent and coordinated approach and working together with partners both from within and outside the Movement.

While the branches in most of the governorates through its 3,000 volunteers and more than 300 staff have helped the Yemen RCS to provide services, key challenges remain to improve the quality, outreach and impact of its services. The Yemen RCS also recognizes the importance of overcoming the challenges related to improvement of statutes with distinct roles between governance and management and further development of human, material and financial resources as well as efficient systems and procedures

For further information please contact:

Yemen Red Crescent Society: Dr. Abbas Zabarah (Secretary General); Phone +967 1298615; Fax +967 1283131 ; email

Yemen Delegation, Tenna Mengitsu, phone: +967 71196006, fax: +9671481871, e-mail

Federation Secretariat: Evgeni Parfenov (Desk officer); Phone 41 22 730 4325; Fax 41 22 733 0395; email