Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan 2017

Map of Yemen.

Funding requirements

Health sector funding requirements for 2017

US$ 321.6 million for 2017 (health partners including WHO)

WHO funding requirements for 2017

US$ 126 million

Beneficiaries targeted by health partners in 2017

Health partners will target 10.4 million people in 2017. These include:
• 2.6 million women
• 5.8 million children


Almost two years of war have devastated Yemen, leaving 18.8 million people in need of humanitarian and protection assistance – including 10.3 million who are in acute need. The conflict is rapidly pushing the country towards social, economic and institutional collapse.

More than 7 million are facing food insecurity, and more than 8 million face acute shortages of clean water and sanitation. Nearly 3.3 million people – including 2.1 million children – are acutely malnourished including 462 000 children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Violence since 2015 has forced more than 3 million people from their homes, including 2 million who remain internally displaced as of January 2017.

Health sector situation

An estimated 14.8 million people lack access to basic healthcare, including 8.8 million living in severely underserved areas. In light of access and security constraints, the 2017 Health Cluster response plan targets 10.4 million people Medical materials are in chronically short supply, and only 45% of health facilities are functioning. As of October 2016, at least 274 health facilities had been damaged or destroyed, 13 health workers had been killed and 31 injured.

According to Health Cluster analysis, the main causes of avoidable deaths in Yemen are communicable diseases, maternal, perinatal and nutritional conditions (together accounting for 50% of mortality) and non-communicable diseases (39% of mortality). There are 18 848 suspected cholera cases since October 2016. On average, the conflict kills or injures nearly 75 people every day.

Humanitarian Response Plan strategic objectives

Provide integrated primary, secondary and referral health services, surveillance and response, and medical supplies in priority districts.

Strengthen reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH ) interventions, including violence against women.

Support community-based health initiatives and sustain the main pillars and infrastructure of the health system.

Strengthen health sector coordination and health information systems.

2016 Achievements

Sustained functionality of 414 health facilities in 145 districts.

The operation of 406 general health and nutrition mobile teams in 266 districts.

The delivery of 541 child health and nutrition interventions in 323 districts.

Establishment of 26 cholera treatment centres.

Support for two polio immunization campaigns, reaching over 4.5 million children under the age of 5 in January and April respectively.

The expansion of the electronic Disease Early Warning System (eDEWS) from 440 sites in 2015 to 1982 sites in 2016.

The provision of 565 tons of essential medicines and medical supplies for an estimated 3 million beneficiaries in conflict-affected governorates.

Distribution of more than 2 million litres of fuel to operate hospital generators, ambulances, etc.


In 2016 WHO received financial contributions to supports its humanitarian work in Yemen from Japan, the League of Arab States, the UN Central Emergency Response Fund, the United Arab Emirates, the UNOCHA Common Humanitarian Fund and the United States of America.

Contact information

WHO Yemen Country Office:
Dr Nevio Zagaria,
WHO Representative
Email: zagarian@who.int
Telephone: +967 734 348 384

WHO Headquarters:
Senior Emergency Health Adviser
Email: zouitena@who.int
Telephone: +41 22 791 4528

Mr Karim Yassmineh,
External Relations
Email: yassminehk@who.int
Telephone: +41 22 791 41 26