Yemen remains the world’s largest humanitarian crisis and aid operation. Six years of escalating conflict, economic collapse, disease, natural disasters and the breakdown of public institutions and services, have left millions of Yemenis hungry, ill, and destitute. A staggering 20.7 million people, 66 percent of the population, require some form of humanitarian assistance in 2021.
An estimated 5 million women and girls of childbearing age, and 1.7 million pregnant and breastfeeding women, have limited or no access to reproductive health services.
Only half of all health facilities remain functional, and the pandemic has aggravated the situation, with roughly 15 per cent of the functioning health system re-purposed for COVID-19.
Women and girls suffered disproportionately from gender-based violence even prior to the conflict. Now, they face rising risks and vulnerabilities, which have increased during the COVID-19 lockdown. The protection needs are even greater for women and girls who are displaced.
UNFPA has three priorities in 2021:
- Provide lifesaving reproductive health services with emphasis on emergency obstetric and neonatal care to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity.
- Protection services for women and girls, focusing on prevention and response to violence.
- Reach newly displaced persons and most destitute returnees with emergency lifesaving packages through the Rapid Response Mechanism.
In 2021, UNFPA Yemen requires US$100 million and has received US$13.5 million to date.