During May 2012, a coalition of seven international humanitarian organisations, including International Medical Corps warned that Yemen is on the brink of a catastrophic food crisis as 10 million people, 44 % of the population are without enough food to eat. Malnutrition rates recorded by the UN in some parts of the country were alarming, with one in three children severely malnourished. A political crisis in Yemen during 2011 increased hunger in the country as food and fuel prices surged, whilst conflict in the north and south the country is also exacerbating the crisis. Nearly half a million people have been forced to leave their homes as a result of conflicts and the search for secure food supplies.
International Medical Corps commenced activities in Yemen in February 2012 and is implementing a programme in the Sana’a governorate focused on primary health care, nutrition, and hygiene promotion in communities that have not had access to these services before.