Yemen Humanitarian MissionArrangements are on track to respond to a looming catastrophe as hunger and starvation affect 15 million people in Yemen, the second-worst country in the world for rates of chronic malnutrition for children under five, with 58 percent suffering from the condition. Further, 13 percent of children in Yemen suffer from acute malnutrition (almost 300 000 or 3 out of every 5) following the recent poor rainfall, crop failure, escalating food prices and increasing levels of poverty. In the absence of rapid, appropriate and relevant intervention, many of these children face death or physical and mental disabilities. The lack of clean drinking water and resultant diarrhoea has added to the crisis.
Gift of the Givers representatives have already engaged the Yemeni government in Sana'a and our own Department of International Relations. Thirty five of our emergency medical specialists, local and international media teams, emergency nutritional supplements, urgent medical supplies, essential food aid and water are on standby to be deployed by air and sea next week.
Rice, oil, flour, sugar, tinned food, lentils, tea, nutritional supplements, medical supplies and water will be accepted at all our offices and warehouses. No expired items please. Cash contributions into Gift of the Givers, Standard Bank, Pietermaritzburg, Account 052278611, Branch code 057525. Please email or fax deposit slip with contact details. Medical personnel keen to volunteer please feel free to send us your details and our medical co-ordinators will be in touch with you timeously. Our envisaged departure is around 5 August for a period of about 10 days. Details toll-free 0800786911.