Global & Disaster Medicine

War and economic crisis in Yemen has left an estimated 3.3 million people, including 2.2 million children, suffering from acute malnutrition and 460,000 under 5 have severe acute malnutrition.


Meritxell Relano, UNICEF representative in Yemen:

“Because of the crumbling health system, the conflict and economic crisis, we have gone back to 10 years ago. A decade has been lost in health gains,” she said, with 63 out of every 1,000 live births now dying before their fifth birthday, against 53 children in 2014.

Yemen has been divided by nearly two years of civil war that pits the Iran-allied Houthi group against a Sunni Arab coalition led by Saudi Arabia. At least 10,000 people have been killed in the fighting.

Releno later told a news briefing that the rate of severe acute malnutrition had “tripled” between 2014 and 2016 to 460,000 children…..”

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