After four years of conflict, the health systems in Yemen have collapsed and mothers and babies are paying the highest price – with their lives.

In Yemen right now, mothers and babies are in terrible danger and many could die at any minute. Less than half the country’s medical facilities are functioning properly.

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Every two hours, one mother and six newborns die because of complications during pregnancy or birth. Yemen | 2018 | Baholis 

Women in Yemen, often already sick or malnourished themselves, are giving birth in deplorable conditions with no trained birth attendant present, putting their lives in danger.

Babies are being born premature and sick, with few surviving beyond the first weeks of life.

Maternal and Infant Mortality in Yemen

No mother should die giving birth to her baby, but that’s what happened to Ali’s mother, Khaizaran.

Ali was loved long before he was born but his mother never got to hold or nurse him. She never got to sing him a lullaby or tell him how much she loved him.

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Ali’s grandmother taking care of him after the death of his mother. Yemen | 2019 | Alahmadi

For Ali, if he survives, every birthday will be a reminder of the day he lost his mother.

Women and babies like Khaizaran and Ali in remote communities are dying because they can’t reach help in time.

When Khaizaran’s labour pains began, there was no question of her going to hospital. The nearest one was hours away and she and her husband couldn’t afford the taxi fare to get her there.

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10-year-old Emarat wearing the bracelet of her late mother, Khaizaran. Yemen | 2019 | Alahmadi 

There was no one to help them in their village either. There was no trained midwife, no doctor’s surgery or health centre.

Yet if more villages had a trained Community Midwife equipped with the proper tools to deliver babies safely, this tragedy would not have to happen at all.

€75 Could Provide


Five Medical Delivery Kits

Every Ten Minutes a Child Dies From Malnutrition

Nearly 400,000 children in Yemen are suffering from severe acute malnutrition and urgently need life-saving food to survive.

Millions more children lack access to clean water and sanitation facilities and are in desperate need of basic health care.

This crisis is having a devastating effect on children’s lives. We must act now to protect Yemen’s children from the dangers of war, disease and hunger.

11.3 Million Children Need Urgent Help

Right now, children in Yemen are facing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. Health systems are collapsing, medicine, clean water and food are all in short supply.

Since the conflict began, an average of six children have been killed or maimed every day. No place in Yemen is safe for children.

Help Children in Yemen Today

How Will My Donation Help Children?

UNICEF is on the ground working around the clock to protect children in Yemen.

Since the start of the crisis, we have helped to reach more than 4 million children with over 3,000 tonnes of life-saving supplies, including emergency food, safe drinking water and health care supplies.

We need to do more. As the situation gets worse more and more children need our help.

We simply don’t have enough funds to reach every child in urgent need. We need to act now before it’s too late.

With your help we can continue to provide essential life-saving supplies to the children who need it the most Please make a donation today.

Hanadi (2) is suffering from severe acute malnutrition. When she arrived at the UNICEF-supported hospital, she was exhausted and in pain. Your donation can sure she receives the life-saving care needed to survive.

Other Ways to Donate

You can make a donation by phone, you can reach us on 01 878 3000, our office hours are Monday to Friday 09:00 – 18:00.

You can send your donation by post to


UNICEF Ireland,

33 Lower Ormond Quay,

Dublin D01 R283.

You can help us reach more children affected by the conflict. Please donate today and help us protect children in Yemen.

In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed UNICEF’s funding requirements for this appeal, your donation will be directed to where the need is greatest.