After eight years of violence and suffering, the conflict in Yemen continues to threaten the lives and childhoods of children. More than 80 per cent of the country’s population, including 12.9 million children, are in urgent need of food, safe drinking water and adequate health services. In 2022, 59 per cent of Yemeni children under the age of five were acutely malnourished.

COVID-19 and natural disasters have only added to the problems Yemeni families face. As basic services collapse and the economy continues to deteriorate, families are struggling to feed themselves, and preventable diseases like cholera and malaria are on the rise. 

How will my donation help children in Yemen?

Your donation will help UNICEF reach more children with life-saving essentials, treatment for malnutrition, COVID-19 response, routine immunization to prevent disease outbreaks and other vital services.

Help us reach children in Yemen with live-saving aid.

How urgent is the humanitarian situation in Yemen? 

Yemen remains one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world. An estimated 23.4 million people, nearly 75 per cent of the population, are in need of humanitarian assistance with over 4 million people – including 3.2 million children – internally displaced.

The crisis has left children more vulnerable to violence, abuse, exploitation, child marriage and recruitment by armed parties. More than 11,000 children have now been killed or maimed because of the conflict.

Sanitation and clean and safe water are in short supply. More than 17.8 million people, including 9.2 million children, lack access to water, sanitation and hygiene services.

Floods have damaged critical infrastructure like homes, roads, and irrigation and sewage systems while rising temperatures and changes in precipitation patterns are contributing to food shortages.

These conditions put children at a higher risk of malnutrition, disease and other life-threatening conditions.

What is UNICEF doing to help children in Yemen?

UNICEF is working in Yemen to save children’s lives and to help them cope with the impact of conflict by providing psychosocial support, safe drinking water, education on mines and explosive remnants of war, rehabilitating damaged schools, and establishing safe learning spaces along with other vital services.

We are also helping treat severe acute malnutrition in children by providing essential therapeutic food and medical supplies.


In 2022, UNICEF:

  1. Treated 376,588 children for severe acute malnutrition and provided more than 1.9 million children with Vitamin A supplementation
  2. Vaccinated more than 2.1 million children against polio and measles
  3. Supported more than 6.2 million people with safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene 
  4. Provided 3.4 million children and 2.5 million caregivers with critical child protection services

Why does UNICEF need my help now?

Yemen is one of the toughest places in the world to be a child. We need your help to provide children with the life-saving essentials to survive.

Malnutrition and food insecurity continue to worsen with pockets of the country experiencing extreme hunger.

Only half of health facilities are functioning, leaving almost 22 million people without access to health care.

The damage and closure of schools and hospitals have also disrupted access to education and health services, leaving children even more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.

Please help by making a donation today.

We need the support of generous and caring donors like you to help UNICEF:

  1. Reach 484,639 children with life-saving treatment for severe acute malnutrition 
  2. Provide 6.8 million people with safe water for drinking, cooking and personal hygiene 
  3. Vaccinate over 1.2 million children against polio 
  4. Support 1.3 million children with access to education and learning materials 


“If the children of Yemen are to have any chance of a decent future, then the parties to the conflict, the international community and all those with influence must ensure they are protected and supported.”

- Catherine M. Russell, UNICEF Executive Director

Last updated: March 20, 2023