The Huthi armed group must allow human rights and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to operate freely in the areas of Yemen under their effective control, Amnesty International said today.
What is protection mainstreaming?
Protection mainstreaming is the process of incorporating protection principles and promoting meaningful access, safety and dignity in humanitarian action. It is about “how” humanitarian action is performed. The following elements must be taken into account in all humanitarian action:
Prioritize safety & dignity, and avoid causing harm Identify the physical and psychological threats populations can face in accessing your services, and act to prevent, minimize, or mitigate their negative effects.
The humanitarian situation remains volatile with continued multiple internal displacement in addition to a prolonged emergency which has deepened existing vulnerabilities, and depleted the coping mechanisms of both IDP and host community households whereas 2.8 million people are in critical need for Shelter, CCCM and NFIs interventions.
Lessons from the Hodeidah sub-national Nutrition Cluster
On 10 December, the Task Force on Population Movement (TFPM), led by UNHCR and IOM, validated in its 6th report that there are 2,509,062 internally displaced persons in Yemen.
UNHCR participated in a mission to Ibb from 14 to 31 December, which focused on developing the capacity of partners in Ibb, including trainings on needs assessment, vulnerability criteria, distribution methodologies and post distribution monitoring.
During the reporting period, UNICEF was able to reach some of the most complex, insecure and affected zones in Taiz and Sa’ada.
In Taiz, UNICEF supported the operation of the local water system reaching over 124,000 people and an additional 4,103 households in Taiz received humanitarian cash transfers. In Sa’ada, temporary water storage tanks are being connected to the water system and five mobile clinics were launched.
Food security continues to deteriorate for IDP households. A significant drop in the mean FCS and a rise in negative coping levels since the previous month.
Households living in camps and staying with someone for free have higher negative coping levels than those living in their own homes or renting.
• During the reported period, scarcity of basic commodities persisted in many governorates including Taiz, Sa'ada, Marib, Al Jawf and Al Bayda where conflicts and airstrikes have intensified in recent weeks. Nevertheless, availability of essential food commodities has continued to improve in several markets following better supply resulted from increased imports of food and fuel in October and November.
• Following the announcement of the ceasefire in December 2015, WHO has delivered more than 100 tonnes of medicines and medical supplies for more than one million people in need in eight districts of Taiz Governorate.
• From 19 March to 20 December, 34 066 casualties including 5 955 deaths and 28 111 injuries have been reported by health facilities from conflict-affected governorates.
• WHO continues to support the fogging campaign as a control measure for dengue fever and malaria in Hadramout, Al-Mahra and Abyan governorates.
Oxfam is scaling up its operations in Taiz governorate, Yemen, to meet the increasing humanitarian needs in communities affected by the escalating fighting in and around Taiz city. The UN’s Emergency Response Coordinator Stephen O’Brien described Taiz city as a ‘city under virtual siege’, with food, medical supplies, and fuel blocked from entering it, and humanitarian agencies denied access to the besieged population.
Following the September 2015 release of the High Level Panel on Humanitarian Cash Transfers report, Doing cash differently: How cash transfers can transform humanitarian aid, ACTED Yemen undertook this thorough review of its own historical and current cash programming.
Since the escalation of the conflict in March 2015, UNHRD has supported 6 Partners responding to the crisis by sending 323 MT of critical relief items, equipment and medical supplies to Djibouti and Yemen. Most recently, UNHRD dispatched 4 armored vehicles and medicine to Djibouti on behalf of WHO and IOM.