One of the worst humanitarian disasters of our time…
An estimated 85,000 children have already died from extreme hunger and disease since the brutal conflict in Yemen escalated in 2015. And that number is rising every day.
“For every child killed by bombs and bullets, dozens are starving to death and it’s entirely preventable.” says Save the Children’s Country Director in Yemen, Tamer Kirolos.
Yemen is on the brink of the worst famine in 100 years.
120,000 children are now classed as living in ‘catastrophic’ conditions. This means that even with humanitarian aid they are not meeting their daily food needs and face starvation, death and destitution. Millions more children could fall into this category unless they receive immediate help.
“We urgently need to get high-nutrient foods to the most vulnerable children in Yemen, some of whom are truly on the brink,” Kirolos says. “Just under $90 can feed a family of seven for a whole month. One child dying from starvation is one child too many.”
Your donation could help:
- Provide treatment for children suffering severe malnutrition. Our teams are screening and treating children for malnutrition and responding to deadly disease outbreaks such as cholera and diphtheria. Your support can help with the urgent treatment of malnourished children.
- Train and support health care providers and volunteers. Our teams are treating sick and injured children through over 150 fixed health facilities, 21 hospitals and five mobile health and nutrition teams. Your support can help scale up the humanitarian response across the country.
- Distribute food and essential supplies to families in hard-to-reach places. Our teams are distributing food baskets to young children and pregnant and breastfeeding mothers who are most at risk of becoming malnourished. Your gift can help provide much needed support to more families.
- Prevent the spread of illness and disease. Our teams are making sure children have access to safe drinking water and essential hygiene items to prevent the spread of waterborne disease. Your support can help protect children from the constant threat of disease.
- Set up spaces where children can feel safe to learn, play and begin to recover. Our teams are operating temporary learning centres and distributing essential school supplies to make sure children can continue to learn and feel protected. Your support can make sure more children are safe and supported.
Header Image: Children like Nusair* are facing a triple threat of bombs, famine and disease and their chances of survival are decreasing day by day.
In August 2018, Nusair was treated for malnutrition in a Save the Children supported clinic. After his treatment ended, conflict forced his family to flee their neighbourhood.
When Nusair started getting sick again, mother Suad* couldn’t afford to make the long trip to the hospital or buy him the nutritious food he needed to recover.
When a Save the Children follow-up team found Nusair he was very malnourished again. He was referred back to the hospital where we provided transportation and food to help Suad take care of her family.
Photo: Mohammed Awadh / Save the Children
*Name changed to protect identity.