World Bank approves $150 million for emergency human capital project in Yemen

The World Bank has approved additional grants of $150 million for the second phase of the Emergency Human Capital Project in Yemen. The new funding builds on activities supported by a $150 million parent project, which began in 2021.

“The project will boost access to essential health, nutrition, water and sanitation services for millions of vulnerable Yemenis,” said Tania Meyer, World Bank Country Manager for Yemen. “This is a key part of the World Bank’s strategy to continuously invest in Yemen’s human capital during the conflict and safeguard the future for future generations.”

The grant from the World Bank’s fund for the poorest countries, the International Development Association (IDA), will provide essential health and nutrition services to 5.2 million Yemenis; vital water and sanitation services for 1.3 million Yemenis, training of 6,140 health workers; and supporting 2,379 sites for early warning and disease surveillance systems to detect infectious disease outbreaks. Public health campaigns will also be carried out to prevent poliomyelitis, malaria, schistosomiasis and trachoma, among others. The project will be implemented by the United Nations Children’s Fund, the World Health Organization and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), in collaboration with local stakeholders.

The seven-year armed conflict in Yemen has caused extensive damage and triggered a major humanitarian crisis. About 70% of the population, or more than 20 million people, still need assistance and about 2 million children suffer from acute malnutrition and about 17.8 million people do not have access to drinking water. and sanitation. There are recurrent outbreaks of communicable diseases, such as poliomyelitis, measles and cholera. Floods have made the situation worse and displacement has worsened in recent years. At the start of 2022, more than 4 million people were internally displaced by the conflict.

The World Bank’s national program for Yemen has reached $3 billion in IDA grants. In addition to financing, the World Bank provides technical expertise to design projects and guide their implementation by building strong partnerships with UN agencies and local institutions with capacity to work on the ground.

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