Yemen is still considered the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. 80% of the population (24 million people) are in need and require humanitarian assistance, while some 17.8 million people do not have access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation/hygiene.
In July 2020 only 1580 COVID-19 cases were confirmed but 441 had died of the disease, which is an alarming fatality rate of 25%, five times higher than the global average (June 21st WHO Covid-19 situation report).
The actual number of people infected is expected to be significantly higher since testing capacities are limited. Tearfund’s current programme is located in the outskirts of the Sana’a Governorate where public services are scarce and the vast majority of residents rely on water tanker trucks to deliver water to various collection points, open defecation is common place throughout the villages.
Over three months 100 households will benefit from Covid 19 and cholera awareness training which will be conducted door to door by trained community health workers. Households will also receive a hygiene kit containing a soap bar, washing powder, plastic water container (with cover) and smaller jerry cans. A monthly food package will also be provided. Priority will be given to the most vulnerable, those with documented evidence of malnutrition, female headed households and pregnant and lactating mothers.