Drought & Hunger in Yemen


International Medical Corps' Teams Are Providing Critical Support to the People of Yemen

The humanitarian conditions in Yemen are catastrophic - stocks of fuel, food, water and medical supplies are depleted and violence plagues the country. Basic services across the country are on the verge of collapse. International Medical Corps is supporting health facilities and hospitals in Sana’a, Taizz, Aden, and Lahj, and – where access allows – our mobile medical units are operating there as well. We are also providing water trucking to hospitals in Sana’a.

The lack of security and continued attacks on health facilities is compounding the humanitarian concerns, and millions of Yemenis are at risk of disease and death without safe humanitarian aid passageways and support. The World Health Organization estimates that at least 96 health facilities have been attacked in the last six months.

As of September 2016, The humanitarian community is targeting 13.6 million of the "most vulnerable" people for assistance through the latest Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan. That figure is equal to just over half Yemen’s total population. Relief organizations estimate that over half Yemen’s population has inadequate access to health care services and nearly three-quarters lack sufficient access to potable water or sanitation.

Read latest updates and accounts from our First Responders in Yemen below.


  • The United Nations considers Yemen a Level 3 Emergency, the highest possible classification
  • The majority of Yemen's population, 82% are now in need of humanitarian assistance
  • An estimated 2.2 million Yemenis are now displaced internally, while another 180,000 have fled the country since March 2015
  • 10.6 million Yemenis require health care assistance and another 14.4 million need food assistance.
  • Over half Yemen’s population has inadequate access to health care services and an estimated 19.4 million lack clean water and adequate sanitation.
  • On average, International Medical Corps reaches over 13,000 people per month with health and nutrition education, 80% of whom are female.


The Toll of Two Years of War

Country Director Giorgio Trombatore is based in Yemen’s capital of Sana'a, and recently completed a road trip across the front lines that separates the warring factions, to visit our office in Aden. Along the way, he chronicled the toll that prolonged armed conflict has exacted on a people whose country was already the Middle East’s poorest when the fighting began in March of 2015.



A First Responder's Blog from Inside the Crisis in Aden

Doa’a Kutbi, a health program officer who works from International Medical Corps’ office in Aden, has been caught up in the Yemen conflict from the beginning. She recently returned to work following a two months leave of absence after giving birth to her second child. Her ongoing blog gives an insider's perspective on what it's like balancing motherhood and humanitarian work.



International Medical Corps is one of the few humanitarian organizations still functioning inside Yemen.

International Medical Corps mobilized an immediate response to the violence -which began in mid-March- and is delivering a comprehensive emergency response to meet the immediate needs of those affected by the crisis. Airstrikes, shelling, armed clashes and general instability continue to define much of our working environment as 2016 begins. The violence continues to cause significant civilian casualties and damage to civilian infrastructure. Despite current conditions, International Medical Corps continues its critical work and supports 17 hospitals, over 95 health facilities and various mobile medical units in Sana'a, Aden, Taizz and Lahj.

We continue to support hospitals and clinics in Sana'a through provision of essential medicines and supplies, mobile staff support and other assistance including water, which is trucked in. This assistance has helped these health facilities continue to operate. We also are providing assistance at internally displaced person (IDP) sites in the capital area and our five mobile medical units provide health, nutrition, reproductive health and WASH services. Additionally, teams are providing training on reproductive health services as well as separate, more specialized training for midwives.

In December, International Medical Corps became one of the first humanitarian relief organizations in months to deliver desperately needed medical care to beneficiaries in the Salah area of Taizz City that had long been considered inaccessible amid intense fighting. Our mobile teams also operate in surrounding districts of Taizz governorate, providing assistance, including reproductive health consultations, family planning services, pediatric care and nutrition services for children for severe acute malnutrition. We also deliver water to two hospitals within the city. This assistance has continued despite the end of the ceasefire.

In Southern Yemen, In Aden and Lahj, we have expanded our efforts to support more than 30 health facilities and hospitals even though security remains unstable. In response to an ongoing water shortage, we also trucked water to hospitals and health facilities in Lahj, enabling them to better serve their patients. We also participated in a campaign, along with the Aden governorate, to vaccinate over 17,000 girls from tetanus.