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Yemen Complex Emergency

Active Emergency
April 30, 2017
Yemen, Somalia, Horn of Africa
Credit:REUTERS/Mohamed al-Sayaghi

Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

The ongoing civil war in Yemen has created the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, and the situation continues to deteriorate. In a nation of nearly 29 million, as many as 22 million need humanitarian assistance, according to the UN. Two million Yemenis have been displaced and at least 10,000 have died. Faced with ongoing conflict, collapsing basic services and economic decline, 16.4 million people require assistance to obtain healthcare, of whom 9.3 million are in acute need. Only 50 per cent of health facilities in affected areas are functional. An international blockade and reliance on imported medicine and medical supplies has made it difficult to treat the growing health needs and contain a cholera outbreak. More than 1.2 million suspected cases of cholera and 2,500 associated deaths have been reported. Photo by REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah.
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Americares Aid in the Region

Americares continues to support partner organizations in Yemen, including Yemen Aid, International Medical Corps, and Human Appeal, with shipments that increase access to critically needed medicine and medical supplies. So far this fiscal year Americares has sent four shipments valued at more than $960,000 and additional shipments are in process. These donations primarily contained IV solutions and related materials and supplies, as well as Personal Protective Equipment and other supplies related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Local health authorities have requested these supplies because availability is scarce due to the protracted war and its complications on society, and very few hospital procedures or stays are possible without them. Americares is also exploring opportunities to address WASH and Mental Health needs in support of health facilities where partnerships and access allow.

Global History of Disaster Response

Americares has professional relief workers ready to respond to disasters at a moment’s notice and stocks emergency medicine and supplies in its warehouses in the U.S., Europe and India that can be delivered quickly in times of crisis. The organization responds to an average of 30 natural disasters and humanitarian crises worldwide each year, establishes long-term recovery projects and brings disaster preparedness programs to vulnerable communities. Manmade crises such as the Yemen Complex Emergency are often among the most difficult and dangerous for disaster response.