Letter| Volume 65, e13-e14, July 2022

The silence of the lambs: Child morbidity and mortality from malnutrition in Yemen

Published:January 05, 2022DOI:


      • Around 370,000 children in Yemen suffer from severe malnutrition in Yemen.
      • 9.9 million children need some form of nutritional assistance in Yemen's 22 provinces are on the brink of hunger.
      • Chronic malnutrition rates (short stature and underweight) are more prevalent in the mountainous regions of the country.


      More than 2.3 million children under the age of five in Yemen suffer from acute malnutrition. Approximately 450,000 are expected to suffer from severe acute malnutrition and may die if they do not receive urgent treatment. In this context, without security, stability, and better access for farmers to have the means to resume growing food, children and their families continue to sink deeper and deeper into hunger and malnutrition. As a result, malnourished children are more vulnerable to illnesses, including diarrhea, respiratory infections, and malaria, which are a major concern in Yemen. This situation is a vicious and often deadly cycle.


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