About 2.2 million Yemeni children suffer from acute malnutrition and need urgent care. About 462,000 of them suffer from severe acute malnutrition. This is a substantial increase of 200 percent compared to 2014. While 1.7 million Yemeni children suffer from moderate acute malnutrition.
The highest rates of acute malnutrition are among the children of Hodeida, Saada, Taiz, Hajjah and Lahij provinces. These five provinces constitute the largest number of severe acute malnutrition cases in Yemen.
While Saada province records the highest rates of child stunting in the world, eight out of every 10 children in the province suffer from chronic malnutrition, in a proportion that the world has never seen before.
Yemen is facing difficulties represented by widespread poverty, food insecurity and a scarcity of health services even before the escalation of the conflict in the country in March 2015, and the Yemeni health system today is on the verge of collapse.
Medical care in Yemen is limited to less than a third of its population.