Considered the worst humanitarian crisis in modern times, the situation in Yemen has resulted in dire humanitarian needs. In 2021, 15.4 million people are in need of water, sanitation and hygiene, while more than 16.2 million people are facing food insecurity and 20 million lack access to adequate health services. After an unprecedented epidemic in 2018 – the largest and fastest spreading since 1949, according to the WHO – cholera remains a major health risk across a large proportion of the territory, with only 50% of health infrastructures operational. It is in this context that the Covid-19 pandemic is impacting the country and threatening already vulnerable populations. As a result of the war, Yemen’s economy and public services have collapsed, while the prices of basic goods (food, fuel, water) have soared. Faced with this multifactorial crisis and with increasingly difficult access to vulnerable populations, funding for humanitarian assistance in Yemen is decreasing, forcing NGOs to reduce their activities.
- 30.8 million inhabitants
- 80% of population under the poverty line
- 179th out of 189 on the Human Development Index
opened in 2017
21 international staff
121 national staff
- Budget 12.7M€
SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL opened its mission in South Yemen at the end of 2017 and began activities in the Lahj and Taiz Governorates. A base was opened soon after in Al Mokha in 2018. SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL was thus one of the first humanitarian actors to launch operations on the west coast, close to one of the main frontlines of the conflict, paving the way for other INGOs to establish their presence. In another of the country’s major cities, Taiz, which is split by the frontline, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL’s teams have been implementing emergency and ad hoc responses and actions to restore urban WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) infrastructures since 2020.
On the one hand, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL’s Emergency Preparedness and Response team is implementing a rapid and multi-sectoral response to shocks, including new displacements due to conflict. On the other hand, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL’s teams are also developing food security, livelihoods, WASH and shelter programmes to improve the living conditions of displaced and marginalised populations, and to help conflict-affected communities rebuild.
SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is mobilising huge efforts and expertise in Yemen to continue to work in areas that are very difficult to access and which are currently inaccessible to humanitarian actors.
French Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Crisis and Support Center, BHA, ECHO, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, OCHA-YHPF, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, French Interministerial Food Aid Committee (CIAA)
Water, sanitation and hygiene
– Water distribution by tanker trucks
– Restoration of water points and setting up of management committees
– Restoration of water networks in urban and rural areas
– Construction of latrines, showers, and hand washing points
– Distribution of hygiene kits
– Hygiene promotion sessions
– COVID-19 response activities
– Provision of drinking water in health centres
– Establishment of a Cholera Treatment Unit
– Restoration of water and sanitation infrastructures in health centres
Food security and livelihood
– Cash transfers as an immediate response to absorb the shock and meet food needs
– Support for the revival of agriculture and livestock
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