As the looming risk of famine is spreading across Yemen, the Logistics Cluster is scaling up its efforts to assist the affected population. But in Yemen, even reaching those in need is a challenge and the Logistics Cluster is working relentlessly to ensure that the humanitarian staff and relief cargo make their way into the country.
For this purpose, every month the Logistics Cluster facilitates an airlift, offered to the humanitarian community by WFP Aviation/UNHAS, which transports humanitarian cargo from Djibouti to the capital of Yemen, Sana’a.
On May 8, 2017, the latest airlift transported 45 mt of nutrition and medical supplies on behalf of World Relief Germany, Partnership for Supply Chain Management, Action Contre la Faim (ACF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
ACF aims to further transport its nutrition supplies from Sana’a to the governorate of Hodeidah, on the western coast of the country. These nutrition supplies consisting of Plumpy Sup, a ready-to-use food supplement used to treat moderate acute malnutrition for children between 6-59 months, will be used in 25 health facilities in Hodeidah to treat approximately 3,000 children.
The governorate of Hodeidah is one of the worst affected governorates of the country, sharing 28 percent of the total burden of severely malnourished cases in Yemen, including children. The cholera outbreak, declared in September 2016, has further exacerbated the already dire situation in Hodeidah.
Until recently, ACF was importing its relief items into Yemen through the port of Hodeidah, but the growing security challenges have prevented the organisation, along with many others, from being able to rely on the port as an entry point into the country.
Marilyn Cittadini, Deputy Country Director of the ACF mission in Yemen, stated that, in light of the recent limitations of the port of Hodeidah, ‘it was quite a relief to have the Logistic Cluster step up and provide timely and at-scale support to partners, to identify alternative routes and provide means of bringing these desperately needed humanitarian supplies in country.’