In the last year alone, the number of civilians in acute humanitarian need rose 27 per cent. In the most conflict-affected governorates of Hodeidah, Sa’ada and Taizz, more than 60 per cent of the population require help just to survive.
Nationwide, fewer than half of all health facilities are fully functional – and those that are often lack specialists, equipment and medicines. Immunization coverage has decreased by 30 per cent since the conflict started and most health personnel have not been paid for two or more years. More than half of all districts are in acute need of water and sanitation – four times more than in 2018 – and diseases like malaria and cholera are widespread in many parts of the country.
The Sustainable Development Goals commit to ending epidemics and communicable diseases by 2030. The aim is that everyone should have access to health care, and to safe and affordable medicines and vaccines. Supporting research and developing vaccines as an essential part of this process.