Efforts Made to Manage Yemeni Children’s Malnutrition

Thousands of Yemeni children died of malnutrition.

ACTNews, SANA’A – Civil war that has raged since four years ago started to change the face of Yemen. Destruction was massive, and death was inevitable. Instead of caused by massacre, the major cause of death in Yemen was the Yemenis’ deteriorating health.

In 2017, UNICEF stated that “conflict and famine worsen malnutrition of Yemeni children.” Young malnourished patients filled every ward of hospitals across Yemen, including hospitals in the capital, Sana’a.

The aftermath of conflict had gained the world’s attention, including Indonesians and Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT). Last May, ACT made an effort to ease the malnutrition crisis in Yemen. cash aid and medicine were distributed to families of malnourished children.

“Cash and medicine aids were distributed last May, reaching out to dozens of families in Sana’a. They had children who suffered from malnutrition,” Said Mukaffiy from Global Humanity Response (GHR), reported. Through ACT’s partner in Sana’a, the aid was dispatched to beneficiaries’ houses.

In order to ease rampant malnutrition cases in Yemen, ACT had frequently sent aids to this country, located at Aden’s Bayside. The aids comprised of complementary meal supplies, medical service, and vitamins.

“Insha Allah, ACT will commit to easing the malnutrition in Yemen. Therefore, the collective roles of our benefactors will be needed to ease the humanitarian crisis in the country,” Mukaffiy added.

Malnutrition was an everlasting issue in Yemen. The condition resulted as an effect of civil war that still rages on. Since 2015, WHO had warned that the health system in Yemen nearly crumbled. Until 2019, the high number of medical service needs remains unfulfilled. Apart from medical supplies, Yemenis also needed medical personnel such as nutritionists, gynecologists, and general doctors. []