Aaliyah, a 7-year-old IDP, fetches clean water from a newly rehabilitated water.
Aaliyah, a 7-year-old internally displaced person (IDP), fetches clean water from a newly rehabilitated water point funded by USAID/OFDA and installed by a USAID partner in Sana’a Governorate, Yemen.
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Key Developments

The health system in Yemen continues to deteriorate, leaving civilians without access to essential health care, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO). More than 50 percent of all health facilities in 16 governorates—approximately 1,900 out of a total of more than 3,507 facilities—are currently non-functional or partially functional as a direct result of ongoing violence; additional health facilities continue to close.

Ground fighting and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia-led Coalition airstrikes resulted in nearly 180 civilian deaths and injured more than 260 people in August, representing a 40 percent increase in casualties compared to the month of July, according to the UN. Between early August and late-September, conflict resulted in nearly 330 civilians deaths and injured approximately 420 people, according to international media.

As of September 2016, an estimated 7–10 million people are facing Crisis—IPC 3—or Emergency—IPC 4—levels of food insecurity in Yemen, according to the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET). FEWS NET reports that internally displaced persons and populations living in Ta’izz Governorate are the most vulnerable to food insecurity.

Active conflict, further collapse of government services, and a deteriorating economic crisis continued to result in humanitarian needs during FY 2016 that outpaced resources. In response, the U.S. Government provided nearly $328 million in humanitarian assistance for the Yemen emergency response during the fiscal year, including approximately $81.5 million from USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, nearly $197 million from USAID's Office of Food for Peace, and nearly $49 million from U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.








Total U.S. Government Assistance to Yemen and Neighboring Countries


*These figures are current as of September 30, 2016


Since 2004, conflict between the RoYG and al-Houthi opposition forces has affected more than 1 million people and repeatedly displaced populations in northern Yemen. In the wake of the Arab Spring, increased fighting between RoYG military forces and tribal and militant groups further limited the capacity of the RoYG to provide basic services, exacerbated deteriorating humanitarian conditions among impoverished populations, and resulted in displacement in northern, central, and southern Yemen.

More recently, rising fuel and food prices, high levels of unemployment, conflict, and conflict-related displacement have left nearly half of Yemen’s 24.8 million people food insecure, of which 1 million children suffer from acute malnutrition—the second-highest child malnutrition level in the world. Although overall improvement in the security situation in southern Yemen since 2011 has facilitated the return of more than 150,000 IDPs to areas of origin since July 2012, Yemen hosts an increasing number of migrants and refugees—242,000, the majority from the Horn of Africa—who are also in need of humanitarian assistance.

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Last updated: October 12, 2016

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