2022 UNFPA Humanitarian Response in Yemen
Resource date: Apr 2022
Author: UNFPA Yemen Country Office
After seven years of escalating conflict in Yemen, millions of people have been displaced from their homes, the economy is in crisis and the health system has collapsed. In 2022, a staggering 23.4 million people — 73 percent of the population — require some form of humanitarian assistance. An estimated 77 percent of the 4.3 million people displaced in Yemen are women and children.
The crisis is taking a heavy toll on women and girls. A shortage of skilled health care providers, essential medicines and supplies have severely compromised the delivery of sexual and reproductive health services, including maternal health and emergency obstetric care. Today, one Yemeni woman dies every two hours during childbirth from causes that are almost entirely preventable. Rates of malnutrition among pregnant and lactating women are also alarmingly high and rates of gender-based violence have soared.
In spite of the challenges on-the-ground, UNFPA continues to deliver life-saving services with a focus on maternal and newborn health care and specialized medical and psychosocial support for women and girl survivors of violence. UNFPA also leads the Rapid Response Mechanism, in partnership with the World Food Programme and UNICEF, distributing immediate, critical, lifesaving emergency supplies to newly-displaced families.
In 2022, UNFPA is appealing for $100 million to reach 4.2 million people with life-saving reproductive health and protection services.