Escalating conflict in Yemen since 2015 has damaged or destroyed much of the country's infrastructure and led to high levels of displacement, food insecurity, and humanitarian need. Climatic shocks, such as drought and floods; economic decline; and protracted political instability have exacerbated humanitarian needs among the population. Approximately 21.6 million people—two-thirds of the country’s population—are in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the 2023 Humanitarian Needs Overview for Yemen. However, ongoing insecurity and interference by governing authorities have limited the ability of humanitarian organizations to collect data and assess populations in need, hindering the effective delivery of assistance.
In response to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, the U.S. Government has provided more than $5.5 billion—including approximately $5 billion from USAID—in humanitarian assistance since 2015. USAID partners are supporting populations in need across Yemen by providing access to safe drinking water, emergency food assistance, malnutrition screening and treatment, primary health care services, and protection support.