UNICEF Is On the Ground in Yemen, Helping Children Survive

May 16, 2019

Millions in Yemen spent yet another Ramadan praying for peace and struggling for survival. UNICEF is on the ground helping. 

Yemen's brutal civil war has driven the country to the brink of collapse, leaving more than 24 million people — some 80 percent of the population — in need of urgent humanitarian assistance, including more than 12 million children.

How will UNICEF help children in Yemen in 2019?

UNICEF is on the ground in Yemen, providing lifesaving support and services for children, to help them cope with the trauma of war and to help them resume their childhoods. In 2019, UNICEF will work with partners to:

Treat 321,750 children under age 5 for severe acute malnutrition

UNICEF Nutrition Manager Karanveer Singhcares for a malnourished baby at a treatment center in Sana'a, Yemen in October 2018. © UNICEF/UN0275786

Vaccinate 924,000 children against measles

Children in Aden, Yemen proudly show off the spots on their arms where they were vaccinated during a mobile measles and rubella vaccination campaign backed by UNICEF in February 2019. © UNICEF/UN0284429/Fadhel

Provide 7 million people with clean, safe drinking water

A woman and child carry home safe drinking water from a UNICEF-supported water supply point in 2018. © UNICEF/UN0276456/AlmahbashiPHOTO

Support quality education for 817,000 children 

Girls attend class at the UNICEF-supported Ibn Zaidoon School in Aden, Yemen in December 2018. © UNICEF/UN0262497/Abdulhaleem

And more

UNICEF leads the way to provide water, nutrition, education, health care, protection and more to children and families in Yemen. In 2019, UNICEF will need $592 million to fund what has become the largest humanitarian operation in the world. You can help.

Help UNICEF deliver lifesaving assistance to Yemen's children. 



Top photo: A young boy receives a measles and rubella vaccine during a UNICEF-backed mobile vaccination campaign in Aden, Yemen in February 2019. © UNICEF/UN0284422/Fadhel