Due to the ongoing Civil War and the unprecedented COVID-19 global pandemic, the need for humanitarian care in Yemen has increased exponentially. This Project will provide Care Kits that consist of hygiene, disinfectant supplies, rice, beans and canned foods for war refugee and impoverished families in Yemen. Each Kit costs $200 USD and will be sufficient for at least one month's supply for a family of 4-6 people.
The UN has declared that the ongoing war in Yemen has created the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Almost 80 percent of the population — 24.1 million people — required humanitarian assistance, with half on the brink of starvation. Airstrikes have injured and killed tens of thousands of Yemeni civilians, a quarter of which were women and children. Yemen’s already collapsing healthcare system is crumbling as COVID-19 exacerbates existing humanitarian problems. Across the country, people suffer from a lack of basic services, a spiraling economic crisis, abusive local security forces, and broken down governance, education, health and judicial systems.
Since March 2015, 3.65 million have been internally displaced (IDP)—80 percent for over a year.
The war has destroyed Yemen’s healthcare sector, with at least half the medical facilities rendered dysfunctional while confronting the worst cholera outbreak in modern times with approximately 110,000 cases in April 2020.
The UN has warned that deaths from COVID-19 could exceed fatalities from the war, while widespread cholera and malnutrition continue to put millions of children and families at risk. Approximately 20% of Yemen’s 333 districts have no medical doctors and that number is growing as the war and now COVID-19 pandemic have pushed doctors to leave Yemen or avoid working for fear of infection with little protection available. Yemenis are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19. The situation in Yemen is most urgent.
WCF has been serving in the Middle East since its inception in 2007. WCF has served Yemeni refugees outside of Yemen for years through our Mobile Medical Clinics and Humanitarian outreaches where Yemeni refugees settled. This Project will be our first in-country humanitarian project with a local partner.