After 17 months of ongoing conflict in Yemen, the humanitarian situation is appalling and continues to deteriorate. Yemeni children are paying a great price of the current conflict, not only with over 2,700 children killed and injured but also because of the devastating consequences of the deteriorating economic situation and declining public services. National systems are on the verge of collapse, especially the health system.

As the humanitarian situation in Yemen worsens by the day, some 21 million people - 80 percent of the entire population - require humanitarian aid. Almost 20 million people do not have access to clean water and more than 3 million children under 5 are at risk of severe acute malnutrition.

Despite some improvements in the security situation, humanitarian access remains challenging. Changes in procedures and bureaucratic hurdles resulted in the suspension or delay of field missions. Nevertheless, through its partners, UNICEF continues to operate across the country.

In the current scenario, needs are expected to increase, families will struggle to afford food, water, fuel and to provide basic health services and education for their children. Despite current challenges, UNICEF is taking preventive measures to mitigate any disruption in the humanitarian operation and will continue to work closely with counterparts and partners in order to provide assistance for the most affected and vulnerable children and families.

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