Yemen Humanitarian Crisis

Yemen Humanitarian Crisis  

The situation

Years of conflict in Yemen have resulted in one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises. 20.7 million people are in need of humanitarian support, of which over half are children.

This situation has not arisen overnight. Decades of recurrent upheaval, drought and chronic impoverishment preceded the violence in 2015. Already before the war, Yemen imported 90 per cent of its food and other commodities.

Epidemics, pandemics, and communicable diseases are a major concern in Yemen. Beyond COVID-19, Yemen has seen the spread of cholera, diphtheria, dengue fever and even polio, seen for the first time since its eradication in 2000.

Red Cross Red Crescent Response

Despite the constraints, the Yemen Red Crescent Society (YRCS) carries out humanitarian and relief operations on a daily basis across the country. The Yemen Red Crescent Society provides vital support to populations in need in view of the effective collapse in the public health care system. It runs health clinics in many parts of the country and also supplies safe drinking water and sanitary facilities and health and hygiene promotion to mitigate potential disease outbreaks.

With these needs, the Canadian Red Cross has increased its response to the Yemen Crisis.

Canadian Red Cross Achievements and Priorities

  • Providing financial and technical support to the Yemen Red Crescent Society on topics such as public health in emergencies, cholera management, community-based monitoring, awareness-raising activities, and epidemic prevention and control.
  • Reinforcing local health capacities and national health expertise through trainings, staff salaries, running costs, and other initiatives.
  • Deploying Canadian Red Cross humanitarian specialists to Yemen, with a focus on health expertise.
You can support these healthcare efforts in Yemen by giving to the Yemen Appeal here.