Yemen is facing a humanitarian catastrophe of staggering proportions: More than half of all Yemenis (19.7 million) lack regular access to basic health care, while 3.2 million require treatment for acute malnutrition. The Integrated Humanitarian Assistance to Yemen (IHAY) project provides nutrition; health; and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) assistance to primary health care facilities in the Al Mokha and Dhubab districts of the governate of Ta’iz, as well as in the Al Khawkhah district of the governorate of Al Hudaydah.
Funded by the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, the project works to address the needs of more than 60,000 conflict-affected and displaced Yemenis, with particular attention to children under the age of 5 and new mothers. Project activities include:
- Supporting procurement of medical commodities and pharmaceuticals for health centers
- Ensuring treatment of moderate and severe acute malnutrition in high-priority areas
- Training Ministry of Health staff in primary health care and sexual and reproductive health
- Supervising community health volunteers to disseminate health and nutrition outreach messages
- Introducing optimal infant and young child feeding practices, such as exclusive breastfeeding
- Restoring proper water and sanitation services at selected health facilities
- Promoting infection prevention and control by strengthening disease early warning systems and building local capacities to analyze surveillance information
The objective of IHAY is to contribute to reduced morbidity and mortality of conflict-affected and displaced Yemenis, thus improving their overall well-being. The project prioritizes locations impacted by severe challenges, such as armed conflict, cholera, food insecurity, lack of safe water and acute malnutrition.
FHI 360 will continually reassess the needs and lessons learned from the project to ensure that the response continues to target those most critically in need.