Malnutrition in Yemen at an all-time high
More than two-million children require urgent care
YEMEN — Nearly 2.2-million children in Yemen are acutely malnourished and require urgent care, while at least 462,000 are suffering from severe acute malnutrition — a near 200-percent increase since 2014, warns UNICEF.
“Violence and conflict have reversed significant gains made in the last decade in the health and nutrition of Yemeni children,” explains Dr. Meritxell Relaño, UNICEF acting representative. “Diseases such as cholera and measles have spread and, with few health facilities functional, such outbreaks are taking a heavy toll on children.”
According to UNICEF, Yemen’s health system is on the verge of collapse. Less than a third of the population has access to medical care.
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada invests in nutrition in countries around the world. Between 2015 and 2016, 1,600 home, school and community gardens were maintained, providing a consistent, local source of nutrition for families.
About Christian Children's Fund of Canada:
Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) is a child-focused international development organization and a member of ChildFund Alliance. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance. CCFC supports children and communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Currently, CCFC has almost 50,000 children sponsored, benefiting nearly 400,000 people around the world.