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Yemen celebrates World Humanitarian Day

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Dr Ahmed Shadoul, acting Yemen humanitarian coordinator and WHO Representative in Yemen addresses the media on World Humanitarian DayYemen seeks US$ 592 million to provide effective assistance to 7.6 million of the most vulnerable people in Yemen.Sana'a, 20 August 2014 — The World Health Organization (WHO) along with UN agencies, international organizations, government officials and local nongovernmental organizations celebrated on World Humanitarian Day on Tuesday.

The celebration aimed at highlighting the invaluable humanitarian work undertaken by humanitarian workers around the globe and in Yemen.

Dr Ahmed Shadoul, acting Yemen humanitarian coordinator and WHO Representative in Yemen, said that the humanitarian effort in Yemen had reached more than five million people in 2013. "We were able to reach people in the most remote and sometimes highly insecure parts of Yemen, often where conflict was taking place," he said.

Dr Shadoul indicated that the success of humanitarian works in Yemen attributed to the "tremendous efforts of our Yemeni colleagues working for the United Nations, international organizations, Yemeni organizations and the Government of Yemen."

In Yemen, an estimated 14.7 million people need humanitarian assistance, while 10.5 million people are food insecure and more than a million children under five are acutely malnourished. Moreover, 13.1 million people have no access to safe water and adequate sanitation and 8.6 million people have no access to health services

Humanitarian workers and the press gather for a celebration of World Humanitarian Day in YemenTrond Jensen, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Yemen, said that "World Humanitarian Day is an opportunity not just to remember humanitarian workers who have lost their lives, but also remember the hard work and sacrifices that aid workers—especially Yemeni nationals are making." He added, "The outlook for the humanitarian situation in 2014 and beyond remains precarious. Extreme poverty, volatile food and commodity prices, and an increased cost of living will further reduce access to food, basic services, and livelihoods for millions of Yemenis."

Yemen seeks US$ 592 million to provide effective assistance to 7.6 million of the most vulnerable people in Yemen.

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Total population (000s) 25 235
Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure) 3.9
Primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 1.5
Life expectancy 65.7

Source: Country statistical profiles 2017

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