As Yemen moves into the fifth year of ongoing conflict and continues its standing as one of the world's worst humanitarian crisis, those displaced are some of the country's most vulnerable people. In 2019, 80% of the country's population will require some form of humanitarian assistance, and a staggering 14 million people are in acute need of assistance. This project will support the health of families through the provision of clean drinking water and basic hygiene items.
Across Yemen, deaths caused by cholera have skyrocketed. There are 3.34 million internally displaced people around the country, living in host communities and collective living sites. 83% of the collective sites have no health services, 39% report water deficits and 43% have no toilets. These conditions have led to more than 1.9 million suspected cases since 2017. New suspected cholera cases emerge every day, with almost 50,000 suspected cases of the waterborne disease in August 2019 alone.
Family Emergency Kits (FEK) have been developed as a holistic solution to serve multiple needs faced by families in crisis. The main item included in an FEK is a water purification solution. Access to clean drinking water is essential for families in Yemen. An FEK will restore this access and support the health of families. Other items like basic hygiene supplies, Namene SM100 solar lights and Lucky Iron Fish may be added to the FEKs as needed to provide additional support to families.
Using unsafe water and substandard hygiene facilities has dire consequences for the health and well-being of civilian populations, especially during times of war. With a collapsed health care system, there are not an adequate means for families to deal with the effects of water-borne diseases. With access to safe, clean drinking water, water-borne diseases can be avoided, keeping families healthier and allowing them to better manage the many impacts of prolonged conflict.