Political unrest, violence and air strikes have left Yemen in the midst of a massive humanitarian crisis. The country already suffered a a fuel crisis  which brought the economy on the brink of collapse, deprived millions of people of clean water and caused food shortages in 2014. Rising hunger levels have left many families close to breaking point, and according to the UN, some vulnerable communities are now facing critical levels of malnutrition.

  • Yemen is the poorest country in the Middle East, with one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. 
  • Over 60 percent of the population - 16 million people - were already in need of some form of aid before the air strikes started. Since the conflict escalated – March 2015 - , this number has risen  by a third to more than 21 million people.
  • According to the UN, 14.4  million Yemenis, half of the population, do not have enough food to eat. 60 percent of young children have stunted growth.
  • At least 19 million Yemenis do not have access to a clean water supply and sanitation – almost two-thirds of the population.
  • The UN estimates that more than 2.3 million people are internally displaced.

Oxfam in Yemen

Oxfam has been working in Yemen for more than 30 years, co-operating with government authorities, as well as the civil society organizations, to improve the health care and livelihoods of thousands of people living in poverty.

Emergency response

Deadly clashes and air strikes have put increasing pressure on the local infrastructure and left many more vulnerable people at a higher risk. Hundreds of people have been killed or injured . According to UN, more than 2.3 million people have fled their homes. Many of them are struggling to find food and water. 
Before the air strikes started, we were already providing vital water, sanitation and hygiene services to people displaced by conflict in northern and southern Yemen and were helping hundreds of families to rebuild their livelihoods. 
We are now stepping up our emergency response to help more people to buy basic supplies, thanks to cash transfers, and get access to clean water and sanitation services.

Women's health

Working with partners we deliver a range of initiatives to help improve women’s health – including training midwives and female health workers, and organizing mobile health teams (‘health caravans’) to reach rural families.

Gender justice

At the heart of our work, we advocate greater justice for women. This includes raising awareness at all levels – from campaigning against early marriage, to increasing women’s economic empowerment and working to secure legal protection.