Yemen Conflict - Donor Update (April 2017)

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Impending famine, ongoing fighting and a failing health system leave millions at risk in Yemen

More than two years into the crisis in Yemen, the humanitarian and health situation has reached a critical point, with millions of people at risk and on the brink of famine.

Ongoing conflict has left 18.8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance and placed overwhelming strain on the country's health system at a time when it is needed most. Seven million people don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and levels of malnutrition are on the rise, leaving the country on the brink of famine.

Less than 45% of health facilities are fully functioning and at least 274 facilities have been damaged or destroyed during the current conflict. Healthcare workers have been forced to relocate and the ones still in post have not received their salaries regularly in around six months.

An outbreak of cholera announced in October 2016 has led to more than 24 500 cases and 108 deaths. Almost 462 000 children suffer from severe acute malnutrition with a risk of life-threatening complications.

Medical supplies are chronically in short supply despite extensive support from WHO and Health Cluster members, further complicating the delivery of life-saving healthcare in the country. Almost 14.5 million people, including two million internally displaced, lack access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene services, increasing the risk of infectious diseases such as acute watery diarrhea, malaria and scabies.

In 2017, the health cluster requires US$322 million for its response activities in Yemen, of which WHO requires US$126 million. As of April 19, the health cluster is only 4.5% funded, and WHO is only 3.4% funded.