Right now Yemen is in the grip of a fast-spreading cholera outbreak.
Yemen is facing a major humanitarian crisis. Four years of unrest – in addition to the current conflict – has left children and families in urgent need of food, water, medical supplies and safe places for children to learn and play. And now they are facing a cholera outbreak of unprecedented scale.
The health system is near collapse. More than 19 million people lack access to clean water and sanitation facilities, whilst 14.1 million people are in desperate need of basic health care. The crisis is having a devastating effect on children’s lives.
At least one child dies every 10 minutes in Yemen from preventable diseases.
Children face multiple health risks from malnutrition to measles to acute diarrhea. A staggering 400,000 children are in need of urgent life-saving food. We must act now to protect millions of children in Yemen from the dangers of war, disease and hunger.
Nowhere in Yemen is safe for children. Even sleeping and playing are now dangerous. Since the conflict began, an average of six children have been killed or maimed every day.
How will my donation help children?
Unicef is on the ground in Yemen working round the clock to protect children. We are experienced in responding to cholera outbreaks even in limited funding environments. Coordinated response in healthcare and water, sanitation and hygiene can lead to the steady decline in the incidence of the disease.
Since the start of the crisis, we have helped to provide 5 million people with clean water, vaccinated 5 million children against polio and treated 237,000 children for severe acute malnutrition.
With your help, we can provide long-term aid and ensure that displaced children do not miss out on an education. Through Unicef-supported schools and child-friendly spaces, children can continue lessons and receive psychosocial care and support to help them cope with distress and trauma. But we simply don’t have enough funds to reach every child in danger. Right now, a staggering 10 million children are in danger in Yemen.
Donating by phone
If you’re in the UK and would prefer to make a donation to our Yemen appeal by phone, you can call our dedicated donation line: 0300 330 5580.
You can help us reach more children affected by the conflict. Please donate today and help us protect children in Yemen.
For the first 12 months, monthly donations made to this appeal will go to children affected by the Yemen conflict. After that they will go to our Children’s Emergency Fund. In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed Unicef’s funding requirements for this appeal, your one off or monthly gift will also go to the Children’s Emergency Fund.