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

Claire Burger

T: +31 (0) 70 310 5055


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.

The humanitarian crisis in Yemen remains the worst in the world and over four years of intense conflict, as well as severe economic decline coupled with recent famine and cholera, has put millions at risk. An estimated 80 per cent of the population – 24 million people – require some form of humanitarian or protection assistance (Yemen Humanitarian Needs Overview 2019).

At the start of 2019, an estimated 3.3 million people – nearly four times the population of Amsterdam – were displaced from their homes, the majority of whom are women and children. This includes 685,000 people who fled fighting in Al Hudaydah and on the west coast from June 2018 onwards.

The Dutch Relief Alliance Response

Members of 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. In 2018, five organizations collaborated to deliver assistance across five governorates in some of the most high needs areas in Yemen.

In 2018 we achieved the following results:

  • Measures to ensure that affected populations have access to sufficient and secure sources of water to meet basic needs, and that people are able to practice safer sanitation and hygiene behaviour reached 607,488 people. This is particularly critical given the cholera and acute watery diarrhea outbreak in Yemen, which particularly affects children under the age of five.
  • 18,556 people received support through food security and livelihoods activities. This included vegetable seed and tool distributions along with training, as well as distribution of food baskets and food vouchers to some of the most vulnerable families.
  • Apart from direct food support, multipurpose cash to meet immediate needs was also made available to support 25.161 people. This modality is carefully coordinated; in some cases a çash for work modality was used, which also enabled some repairs for schools, and other community assets.
  • In the health sector, the Yemen Joint Response supported the rehabilitation of one health facility to upgrade the facility to a Basic Emergency Obstetrics and Neonatal Care centre. With support to staff, and establishment of mobile health teams, and community health volunteers, 51,383 people could be reached with different health services including reproductive health and basic primary health care. Health volunteers also screened for malnutrition and carried out hygiene promotion.
  • Education activities were supported in three schools through rehabilitation of the school buildings (including water sources, latrines and handwashing facilities), training for teachers and campaigns to encourage school attendance, so that 4,000 children were reached. Child protection activities took place in the schools, ensuring psychosocial support for children and young people.
  • In 2019 we continue to address critical needs in Yemen in the sectors of WASH, multipurpose cash and health, working across seven districts in four governorates. We aim to support at least 150,000 people directly.