Since March 2015, conflict has spread to 21 of Yemen’s 22 governorates, prompting a large scale protection crisis and aggravating an already severe humanitarian situation brought on by years of poverty, poor governance and instability. Today, 18.8 million people, or 70 per cent of the population, are in need of some form of humanitarian and protection assistance. This includes 10.3 million children.
Every day, the death and injury toll rises, the number of internally displaced people increases, communicable diseases such as cholera spreads and over half the population has no access to basic healthcare, water and sanitation services and enough food to eat. As a consequence, a child is dying every ten minutes from preventable causes such as malnutrition, diarrhoea and respiratory tract infections.