The conflict in Yemen erupted in 2015 causing utter devastation. Homes, schools, and businesses have all been destroyed and as a result, the country’s economy has collapsed. The combined death toll from war and disease in Yemen since 2015 has been estimated by the United Nations as exceeding 230,000** (Acled) and has left thousands injured.
80% of Yemen’s population was already in need of humanitarian aid and protection - an estimated 24.1million people. Now coronavirus threatens their lives too. The UN warns that the death toll from COVID-19 could exceed the combined total from war and disease. As the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the world, the vulnerable communities of Yemen are in desperate need of help.
Already facing a deadly humanitarian crisis, now the UN warns that the coronavirus disease could threaten thousands of lives too. Five years of conflict has pushed Yemen and its health system to the brink of collapse. Without food, adequate hygiene, sanitation or medical care, the spread of COVID-19 will be catastrophic. Healthcare is being suspended due to lack of support and healthcare workers are without the necessary protective equipment to ensure their own safety.
As of 30th May 2020, just over 2,500 people have received a coronavirus test out of a staggering 28 million Yemenis. Of those tested, only 400 cases were positive and a total of 87 deaths have currently been recorded. UN reports state that the reported death counts don’t match up to the city death count records across the country with potentially hundreds of more deaths caused by the virus. Meaning the effect of coronavirus in Yemen is much worse than being reported and if left unchecked, the death count from coronavirus could soon exceed that experienced during the ongoing conflict.**
Hundreds of thousands of innocent lives could be lost if we don’t step in now to stop widespread transmission of COVID-19.
We are working with our partners to deliver food, clean and safe water, healthcare, and essential non-food items to those most in need through our Yemen Emergency Appeal.
We have been working with our partners on the ground to deliver:
You can help us to continue our efforts in saving and improving the lives of millions of people.
The situation is desperate in Yemen. Donate today and help us to ease the suffering of the Yemeni people.
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