Yemen, one of the world’s poorest countries, is the scene of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis with more than 4 million internally displaced persons (IDPs). Even before Yemen’s civil war started in 2015, half of its population lived below the poverty line, a figure that currently exceeds 60 percent. As many as 10 million people are suffering from malnutrition, and nearly a quarter of a million are in danger of starving. According to the WHO, only half of the country’s health facilities are fully functioning, and health workers are in short supply -- leaving significant gaps in access to critical health care. This emergency is especially dire for Yemen’s vulnerable mothers and children who face high mortality and acute malnutrition rates.
IMA World Health’s fellow Corus organization Lutheran World Relief has worked at the nexus of humanitarian assistance and development in the Middle East since 1948 and began working in Yemen in July 2019. As part of the Corus family, IMA World Health and Lutheran World Relief are working together to meet immediate needs in Yemen, particularly in the sectors of health, WASH, and nutrition, while building the foundation toward long-term recovery and growing prosperity.
Given the urgency surrounding the country’s maternal and child health crisis, IMA World Health is well-positioned as lead of USAID’s MOMENTUM Integrated Health Resilience to holistically strengthen quality voluntary family planning (FP), reproductive health (RH), and maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) in Yemen. Learn more.