Plans are being made to help more people in Yemen access food, health and safe water.

Since conflict in the Middle Eastern country intensified in March 2015, huge numbers of the population have been affected.

Nine months on, more than half the population of Yemen is currently struggling for food, and more than 15.2 million people lack access to basic health care. The cost of fuel is tripled in the capital city Sana’a, making it difficult for people to move food and health equipment around the country.

More than 20 million people do not have access to safe water.

Across the country, around 3,500 schools have been temporarily shut down, denying children access to essential education.

Islamic Relief is currently working in 16 of the 22 governorates affected since March, and has distributed goods to 3,042,922 people.

In a new project that will be rolled out until April, food, health and hygiene goods will be distributed to nearly 7,000 families. This includes food baskets, medicines and medical supplies for six health facilities, bringing in safe water, and distributing hygiene kits containing items such as toothpaste and soap.

Islamic Relief has already provided food to more than 2.5 million people, and has equipped 21 hospitals and clinics across the country, even negotiating blockades, to support doctors and nurses working to treat the unwell and injured in difficult circumstances.

On Universal Children’s Day, on November 20, experts in Yemen provided a free medical check up to more than 1,500 children who had been orphaned, giving medicines where required.

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