UN agencies and ICRC deliver food, relief items, and medical supplies to communities in a largely inaccessible enclave within Ta’izz city
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On February 13, USAID/FFP partner the UN World Food Program (WFP) delivered emergency food supplies to communities in Al Qahira, one of three districts in a largely inaccessible enclave in Ta’izz city. The delivery comprised 3,000 food rations— containing wheat, pulses, sugar, and vegetable oil—sufficient to support 18,000 people for a one-month period.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) also entered the city of Ta’izz on February 13 to deliver 3 metric tons (MT) of medical supplies to four hospitals in the enclave. On February 14, State/PRM partner the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) delivered blankets, mattresses, and other emergency relief items to 1,000 households in the Ta’izz city enclave, marking the UN agency’s first delivery to populations in the city in more than five months.
On February 18, the UN launched the 2016 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), appealing for more than $1.8 billion—including $1.3 billion for immediate life-saving activities—to support humanitarian response programs targeting more than 13.6 million people in Yemen. Activities within the HRP aim to reach nearly 9 million people with food assistance, 7.4 million people with water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) support, and 10.6 million people with health activities, as well as emergency interventions to treat acute malnutrition. The 2015 Yemen HRP, which requested $1.6 billion, received approximately $892 million, or 56 percent of the total request.