Humanitarian assistance to Yemen

26 April 2018

On 3 April 2018, the Australian Government announced an additional $3 million package of life-saving assistance in response to the worsening humanitarian situation in Yemen.

TThis increases Australia's direct humanitarian assistance to Yemen to $23 million since April 2017.

Over the past three years, Australia has also provided $350 million to UN humanitarian agencies, to respond to  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 $90 million to support civilians affected by the crisis in Yemen.

Australia's latest contribution will help affected communities by providing food and nutrition support for malnourished children, health care and access to clean water. It will help treat over 16,000 children under five for severe acute malnutrition, vaccinate over 320,000 children against polio and provide over 335,000 people with access to drinking water.

Australia continues 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