Saving and sustaining lives in a protracted emergency setting

The six members in the Yemen Joint Response are focused on saving and sustaining lives in a complex and protracted emergency setting.

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Joint response lead

Clare Burger

T: +31 (0) 6 34 88 88 70

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About the crisis

Yemen has been devastated by a conflict which began in March 2015. The conflict has devastated the country’s economy and caused widespread suffering – exacerbating the extreme poverty, inequality and fragile governance Yemen has experienced for decades.


Millions of vulnerable people have been displaced – in some cases repeatedly – as they search for safety and the ability to meet basic needs in a volatile context. More than 21 million people – roughly 80 percent of Yemen’s population – require urgent humanitarian assistance to survive.

Millions are at risk of harm or death resulting from indiscriminate aerial bombing as well as the lack of food, water and medicine resulting in part from the embargo imposed on the country. At least 2.3 million people – more than twice the population of Amsterdam – are displaced, the majority of whom are women and children.

The Dutch Relief Alliance Response

The six members in the Yemen Joint Response are focused on saving and sustaining lives in a complex and protracted emergency setting, with a commitment to ensuring a gender-sensitive and conflict-sensitive response within each individual programme. Protection has been at the core of the Joint Response since its inception.

A pilot joint-programme has also been launched which sees two participating NGOs provide beneficiaries with a multi-level WASH assistance.

The three phases of the Yemen Joint Response have so far achieved the following results:

  • Measures to ensure that affected populations have access to sufficient and secure sources of water to meet basic needs reached a total of 21,919 households – or 153,433 individuals – during 2015. A further 21,685 households – or 151,800 individuals – were targeted through these WASH interventions in 2016.
  • Measures to ensure affected populations are able to practice safer hygiene behaviour – including the rehabilitation of WASH facilities in public areas – reached 38,000 individuals in 2015. A further 115,867 individuals were targeted through this initiative in 2016.
  • Action to reduce the risks of water-related morbidity, mortality and malnutrition among children and vulnerable families reached 112,183 individuals in 2015. A further 154,000 individuals were targeted through this initiative in 2016.
  • Some 6,000 – or 41,000 individuals – have been targeted to date through measures to provide life-saving food relief through cash-based interventions.
  • Life-saving nutrition interventions for malnourished children have also been launched through the Food Security and Livelihoods sector, including the provision of either therapeutic or supplementary feeding; and/or referrals to available services.
  • Some 6,100 households – or 43,050 individuals – have benefitted to date from improved access to emergency shelter through distributions of shelter-specific materials and key household items.