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USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance award will deliver critical aid to southern Yemen

October 09, 2018

FHI 360 has received a one-year award from the U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance to provide humanitarian aid near the front lines of the conflict in Yemen. The Integrated Humanitarian Assistance to Yemen project will reach affected populations in the Al Mukha and Al Dhubab districts in the Ta’izz governorate, as well as Al Khokha in the Al Hudaydah governorate.

home health assistanceThe ongoing hostilities and deterioration of Yemen’s health system have left these communities without access to essential services. These areas also continue to receive internally displaced persons from the northern and eastern front lines of the conflict. The new project will deliver targeted, integrated humanitarian interventions designed to meet the most pressing needs of both the host communities and internally displaced persons.

To respond to those needs, FHI 360 will support two health care facilities in Ta’izz — the Maternal and Child Health Center in Al Mukha and the Al Ghaded Health Center in Al Dhubab — as well as the Maternal and Child Health Center in Al Khokha. These centers will serve as entry points for multisector, integrated services, offering not only health but also nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) interventions. Activities will increase access to primary health care, such as maternal and reproductive health services, and improve the nutritional status of the most vulnerable groups, including pregnant and lactating women and children under age five. These facilities will also serve as cholera treatment centers should a third wave of cholera occur.

An estimated 22.2 million people in Yemen — roughly 4 out of 5 Yemenis — are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, making it the largest humanitarian crisis in the world. The Integrated Humanitarian Assistance to Yemen project supports USAID’s goal of a more resilient Yemen and builds on FHI 360’s work in 24 countries defined as fragile states.

Photo credit: Ephrem Woldebirhan/FHI 360