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In 2023, Global Communities continued addressing the most pressing humanitarian needs of Yemeni host communities and internally displaced people while planning for a sustainable recovery.

After more than nine years of conflict, millions of people in Yemen are suffering from the compounded effects of armed violence, ongoing economic crisis and disrupted public services. Being largely reliant on imported foods and goods, Yemen is extremely vulnerable to fluctuations in global prices. The Yemeni rial has continued to depreciate in southern areas of Yemen, contributing to further increases in already above-average prices of food and non-food commodities, and reducing household purchasing power. More than 80% of the country’s population struggles to access food, safe drinking water and adequate health services, while nearly 90% of the population has no access to publicly supplied electricity.

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Throughout the course of 2023, our team faced significant challenges — including inflation, commodity shortages and shrinking funding – but still provided impactful support through two programs funded by the United States Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance. 

Our Emergency Food and Nutrition Assistance (EFNA I and EFNA II) programs aimed to address the urgent food insecurity, nutrition, and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs of crisis-affected individuals in Al Azariq, Ash Shu'ayb, Al Dali and Qa’atabah districts of Al Dhale'e governorate. As a result of these efforts, more than 68,810 individuals received monthly food assistance, and program participants redeemed vouchers totaling more than $3 million in USD value. Additionally, 25,130 individuals received WASH non-food item assistance, and 12,326 individuals learned about behavior change interventions to improve infant and young child feeding practices.

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Read our Pass the Mic interview with Tefera Mekonnen, Senior Monitoring & Evaluation Manager in Global Communities’ Yemen Office, to learn how successful data utilization led to improvements in the delivery of this assistance.

Notable Numbers

Total USD value of vouchers redeemed by program participants

Individuals who received monthly food assistance

 Individuals who received WASH non-food item assistance

Individuals who learned about behavior change interventions to improve infant and young child feeding practices

Children under the age of 5 and pregnant and lactating who were screened for malnutrition; all moderate acute malnutrition and severe acute malnutrition cases were referred to the nutritional treatment center and recovered.