Cholera and malnutrition worsened by conflict
1 million suspected cholera cases
22.2 million people in need
8.4 million people severely food insecure


Since March 2015, violence in Yemen has claimed more than 10,000 lives and resulted in over 75% of the population requiring humanitarian assistance.

The scope and complexity of the crisis are resulting in an alarming rise of malnutrition rates, driven by high food insecurity, water shortages, massive displacements and poor sanitation. 17.8 million people in the country are in need of food assistance, including 8.4 million under a direct threat of famine, and 1.8 million children suffering from acute malnutrition.

The conflict has also caused a huge rise of waterborne diseases. In 2017, Yemen faced worst cholera outbreak in the world according to the World Health Organization with more than 1,000,000 suspected cases and 2,200 deaths. In 2018, as the public water and sanitation services continue to deteriorate and the price of water continues to increase, a new wave of cholera is feared. A total of 82 districts across Yemen are currently at extreme risk of cholera.

SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is intervening in areas accessible from the South on the West Coast and at Ash Shamaytayn district (Taizz governorate) and Al Qabbaytah district (Lahj governorate).

While people on the West Coast of Yemen have historically faced austere living conditions, a vast offensive has been conducted on the coastal area of the Red Sea since December 2017. Most of the fighting is now taking place around the city of Hudaydah, leading to massive population movements.

Located in the North of Lahj governorate, Al Qabbaytah district is currently separated in 2 areas by the frontline. The conflict, the geographical and topographic situation of the district contributes to making this vulnerable area one of the 107 districts at heightened risk of famine

Since the beginning of the war, Ash Shamaytayn district has been a safe haven for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) because of the significant distance from the frontline and the regular clashes erupting in the city of Taizz. However, it faces intersectoral vulnerabilities and limited basic services leading the IDPs and many host communities to be in a dire need of assistance.

  • 29.3 million inhabitants
  • 62% poverty rate
  • 168th out of 188 on the Human Development Index

Our action

  • Mission
    opened in 2017
  • Team 13 international staff
    6 national staff
  • Budget 6 M€

The priority being to reduce the mortality and morbidity rates related to malnutrition, food insecurity and waterborne diseases such as cholera, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL teams are focusing on a combined emergency and community resilience-building approach.

In the West Coast, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is implementing emergency water supply and sanitation activities to respond to the most urgent needs of the displaced and local populations caused by the offensive and the on-going fighting in Al Hudaydah.

In Al Qabbaytah, the team is distributing food assistance via cash for several months. With the distribution of cash, families are able to cover their immediate food needs and limit malnutrition. The lack of drinking water and sanitation services is also heavily burdening the population’s health. In the first half of 2018, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL rehabilitated water and sanitation infrastructures in six health centers, providing water to nearby villages. The team is now rehabilitating water points and constructing latrines at community level and is leading a hygiene promotion program to reduce risks of malnutrition and cholera.

In Ash Shamaytan, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL is targeting population facing long term protracted needs with rehabilitation of water and sanitation infrastructures and hygiene promotion in the main hospital of the area. In addition, the team will provide a multipurpose cash assistance to cover gaps in access to a good quality and diverse food, in shortage of water, constantly raising prices of non-food items and transportation costs. This activity will be completed by an agriculture support to restore the population livelihood.

Finally, SOLIDARITÉS INTERNATIONAL has also developed a capacity to response to emergency needs of IDPs and vulnerable host communities affected by a sudden crisis. SI is therefore susceptible to address any acute needs resulting from a shock, such as displacement, disease outbreaks or natural disasters.

Our impact

water sanitation

Water, sanitation and hygiene

74,300 people

– Water distribution via water-trucking
– Water points rehabilitation and training of water management committees
– Latrines, showers and hand-washing points construction
– Hygiene promotion
– Contingency stock to respond to sudden onset

food security

Food security and livelihood

37,700 people

– Unconditional cash transfers for food
– Multipurpose cash assistance
– Improving agricultural production
– Distribution of drip irrigation kit


1,050 people 

– Distribution of shelter kit

Should you have any questions, please contact Thomas Janny.

Thomas Janny


At head office