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Yemen: Famine

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL11934, tabled on 8 January 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the remarks by the Executive Director of UNICEF on 10 December 2020 at the Averting famine in Yemen: What can we do now and in 2021 event in New York; and what plans they have to coordinate international action for (1) disease prevention, (2) child nutrition, and (3) peace building in Yemen.

Answered on

22 January 2021

The UK is extremely concerned about increased levels of food insecurity and risk of famine in Yemen with 7 million people, including 2 million children, requiring treatment for acute malnutrition. We are playing a leading role in combating hunger in Yemen by committing £214 million this financial year (2020/21), £200m of which has already been disbursed.

Our support will provide over 600,000 medical consultations, train 1,500 healthcare workers to work safely in a COVID-19 environment and enable nearly 600 health centres to continue providing existing health services. This financial year (2020/21), UK aid to UNICEF has already helped to screen 450,000 children for malnutrition and enrolled over 25,000 children on Severe and Acute Malnutrition treatment programmes.

The UK will continue to urge the international community to step up, including by urgently disbursing humanitarian funding. As penholder at the UN Security Council we are leading efforts to encourage all parties to the conflict to engage in new peace talks led by UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths.