Humanitarian assistance to Yemen

24 April 2017

On 24 April 2017, the Australian Government announced a $10 million package of life-saving assistance in response to the worsening humanitarian situation in Yemen.

This increases Australia’s direct humanitarian assistance to Yemen to $31 million since 2009.

Over the past three years, Australia has also provided $350 million to UN humanitarian agencies, to respond to worsening crises around the world, including Yemen. For example, Australia contributed $33 million to the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (UNCERF) over the past three years. During this time, UNCERF spent $80 million to support civilians affected by the crisis in Yemen.

Australia’s $10 million package includes:

  • $5 million to international humanitarian organisations to provide protection, emergency medical services and access to clean drinking water
  • $3 million to the World Food Programme for food distribution and nutrition services for children and nursing women.
  • $2 million to Australian NGOs (distribution to be confirmed) to deliver complementary activities such as water, sanitation and hygiene services.

Australia will also continue to work closely with other donors, countries in the region and humanitarian partners to ensure the safe passage of aid to the most vulnerable people.

More information

World Food Programme video: #FacingFamine - Yemen

WFP’s Yemen Country Director, Stephen Anderson, provides a quick snapshot of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Last Updated: 24 April 2017
An employee distributes WFP food rations to a family at a distribution point in Hajja city, which is home to many displaced Yemenis. Credit: WFP/Asmaa Waguih
WFP employees hand out food rations in 'Amran. Credit: WFP/Asmaa Waguih
A young chid holds a WFP voucher which can be used to obtain food from supermarkets in Sana'a city. Credit: WFP/Marco Frattini