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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: Yemen

19 Aug 2020


A site for internally displaced people in Al-Dhale’e Governorate, Yemen, 23 February 2020. Credit: Mahmoud Fadel-YPN/OCHA

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 19 August 2020

Yemen: UN warns that humanitarian operations are shutting down

The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Lise Grande, has warned that half of all of the UN’s major programmes in Yemen have been affected by a lack of funding.

In a statement issued today, Ms. Grande said that 12 of the UN’s 38 major programmes are shut or drastically reduced. Between August and September, 20 programmes face further reductions or closure.

In April, food rations for more than 8 million people in northern Yemen were halved and humanitarian agencies were forced to stop reproductive health services in 140 facilities.

Health services were cut or reduced in a further 275 specialized centres treating people with cholera and other infectious diseases. Allowances to nearly 10,000 front-line health workers were stopped, and the supplies needed to treat trauma patients, who will almost certainly die without immediate treatment, were halted.

If funding is not urgently received in the next weeks, 50 per cent of water and sanitation services will be cut, and medicines and essential supplies for 189 hospitals and 2,500 primary health-care clinics, representing half of the health facilities in the country, will halt.

Thousands of children who are suffering from both malnutrition and disease will probably die and at least 70 per cent of schools will likely be shut or only barely able to function when the new school year starts in coming weeks. Tens of thousands of displaced people who have nowhere else to go will be forced to live in inhumane conditions.

At the High-Level Pledging Event for Yemen in Riyadh on 2 June, donors pledged US$1.35 billion of the $2.41 billion needed to cover essential humanitarian activities until the end of the year, leaving a gap of more than $1 billion.

Yemen remains the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Nearly 80 per cent of the population – more than 24 million people – require some form of humanitarian aid and protection.

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