With 54% of its population living below the poverty line, Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the world. Since the Yemeni Revolution in 2011, the state has had to deal with a major political crisis. The Yemeni state is in a weak position faced with a rebellion from Houthi Shiites who controls part of the country.
Humanitarian conditions in Yemen have dramatically deteriorated: 18.8 million of Yemenis (70% of the population) are in dire need of humanitarian aid at the moment. Today, the food crisis situation is deteriorated by conflicts.
Description of the mission
Première Urgence Internationale has been operating in Yemen since 2007. The NGO supported the primary health system in the governorate of Hudaydah, which is notable, as is all of the country, for its food insecurity and severe chronic malnutrition.
After a year of interruption due to security reasons, the mission reopened with a nutrition project and has spread its activities in the governorate of Raymah in 2013. Première Urgence Internationale is one of the few NGOs that are intervening in this new administrative division which access is difficult.
Premiere Urgence Internationale in action
Première Urgence Internationale continues to intervene in both governorate of Hudaydah and Ryamah in 2017 given the critical malnutrition situation. The teams lead a program of nutrition and food distribution in emergency in nine districts of these governorates. Based on a community approach, the fight against malnutrition remains the main intervention field of the mission.
The NGO participates in the implementation of nutrition centers, in the medical staff training and in the rehabilitation of health centers in the area. These actions are realized in close collaboration with the Yemenite Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Planning and of the international Cooperation. The teams of Première Urgence Internationale pursue their activities of livelihood and of consciousness-raising in nutrition, which is anchored in an integrated approach. Furthermore, the NGO plans to develop its activity in water, hygiene and sanitation.
Thousands of people displaced after the Hodeidah port take over
In June 2018, an attack was launched on the harbor city of Hodeidah; the main entry point of humanitarian aid in the country. If there was an official pause in military actions since the 1st July, offensive operations continue in the south side of the gouvernorate. Despite all, Première Urgence Internationale continues its activities in both Hodeidah and Raymah governorates, while keeping an eye on the southern part.