A horrific war has been raging in Yemen since 2015. The brutal conflict and its consequences have already claimed tens of thousands of lives. In addition, the threat from the outbreak of cholera and the coronavirus is growing. Millions of people in Yemen are in urgent need of humanitarian aid. Help promotes medical care on the ground and improves access to drinking water. Over 72,000 people benefit from our project.
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The world's worst humanitarian crisis
Violent clashes between the Huthi movement and a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia are responsible for the war. Death is lurking everywhere as diseases and hunger are omnipresent. Due to the war, health care has completely collapsed and food prices have risen sharply. Children in Yemen in particular suffer greatly: over 2 million children under the age of five are suffering from malnutrition.
In addition to hunger, the population in Yemen is suffering from the world's worst cholera epidemic to date. The drinking water infrastructure has been largely destroyed by the war, which is why there is no access to clean water in many places. Since the beginning of the Corona pandemic, the health situation in Yemen has continued to deteriorate.
Currently, around 23 million Yemenis are living in need, which is more than two thirds of the population. They lack everything: food, access to clean water and sanitation, a life of dignity and security.
Fighting cholera and COVID-19
In the Hajjah region, we have built sixteen health facilities where cholera patients in particular can be treated. To this end, we have trained local medical staff and sensitised them to topics such as cholera treatment, WASH standards and general hygiene. To counter the spread of the coronavirus, we have provided additional training on the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. In addition to medicines, we provide urgently needed medical equipment and ensure the operation of health facilities.
Our partner organisation in Yemen is responsible for monitoring the development of cholera in the project region and is strengthened by us in this regard. As soon as a cholera case occurs, we send an emergency response team to treat and trace the infection. Once the source of the infection has been identified, our team takes care of disinfection and distributes hygiene kits in the affected community and educates people about protective measures.
In addition, Help is involved in rehabilitating drinking water systems, installing solar pumps and constructing sanitation facilities in households and at four schools. In total, more than 72,000 people benefit from our project.
- 30 million people live in Yemen and are affected by the war. More than two thirds of them are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, including around 13 million children in Yemen. (04/2022)
- Over 18 million Yemenis lack access to safe water and sanitation. (06/2020)
- 2.1 million children under the age of five suffer from acute malnutrition. (08/2022)
- 538,000 malnourished children in Yemen are at risk of death (08/2022).
- Help supports over 72,000 people in the Hajjah region
- Establishment and operation of fifteen small and one large health station
- Provision of medicines, medical equipment and transport of patients
- Training of local medical and administrative staff
- Conducting household training on cholera prevention, early detection and household hygiene
- Distribution of hygiene kits to households
- Rehabilitation of sanitation facilities at four schools
- Reconstruction of a drinking water system (rehabilitation of the well, construction of a storage tank, construction of a cattle trough, laying of water pipes, installation of a solar-powered pump including solar panels)
- Construction of 32 household latrines