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Already high child malnutrition levels in Yemen are expected to sharply increase as the crisis continues. Around 2.2 millions children are malnourished, with more than 460,000 suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

Yemen is the poorest country in the Arab world and chronic malnutrition has always been a problem. “Malnutrition in Yemen is at an all-time high and increasing,” said Dr Meritxell Relano, Unicef Acting Representative in Yemen. “The state of health of children in the Middle East’s poorest country has never been as catastrophic as it is today.”

In the past five years, the malnutrition rates had fallen but it is likely to soar with the renewed fighting, putting the lives of more than quarter of a million children in danger.

Just £22 could provide a month’s supply of life-saving peanut paste to help bring a severely malnourished child back to health.

Unicef Representative in Yemen Meritxell Relano checks on a boy suffering from malnutrition at Al-Sabeen Hospital, Sana’a, Yemen. Unicef/2017/Farid

Meritxell Relano, Unicef Acting Representative in Yemen, checks on a boy suffering from malnutrition at Al-Sabeen Hospital, Sana’a, Yemen.
Unicef/2017/Farid

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How is Unicef helping?

In 2016, we supported treatment for 215,000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. We’ve also helped to provide more than 4 million people with clean water, so that children are no longer drinking from dangerous contaminated water sources.

We have also been working with local radio stations to spread health and hygiene promotion messages, reaching around 2.8 million. We remain committed to helping children in danger in Yemen. You can help us reach more children – make a donation today.

 

This little girl is clutching a packet of ready-to-use therapeutic food that we give to malnourished children.

This little girl is clutching a packet of ready-to-use therapeutic food that we give to malnourished children.
Unicef/2015/Harneis

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