Ten million people receive life-saving aid amid funding shortfalls and access challenges
Yemen continues to be the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with over 20.7 million people in need of some form of humanitarian assistance or protection. Since 2020, the situation, which is primarily driven by conflict and an economic blockade, has been exacerbated by COVID-19, heavy rains and flooding, escalating hostilities, currency collapse, decreased government capacity and access challenges.
Despite a challenging operating environment and limited funding, aid agencies have continued to deliver lifesaving assistance reaching an average of 9.8 million people per month in the first four months of the year. While the number of people reached with assistance decreased across most cluster areas, by the end of April partners were providing support to millions of people with the available resources – an average of 9.3 million people were reached each month with food assistance, over 2.7 million people were reached with water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services, nearly 540,000 were supported by Health Cluster partners and over 430,000 received nutrition treatment.
By the end of June, the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP), which seeks US$3.85 billion to assist 16 million people and avert famine, faced a $2.12 billion funding gap. Without additional funding, aid agencies’ ability to maintain the current level of response until the end of the year hangs in the balance. Many donors have already generously stepped up to support food security and nutrition this year. However, famine prevention, management of communicable diseases, support for displaced families and wider HRP strategic objectives require multisectoral, integrated approaches. Increased overall funding across all sectors continues to be needed and lasting gains on food security needs to be underpinned by improvements in all sectors.