Seminar: UNESCO Chair Intern Sali Hafez

How the Humanitarian Coordination Mechanisms Influenced Humanitarian access in Yemen?

Yemen is witnessing one of the worst and most complex humanitarian crises for the last two and a half years (OCHA, 2017). An estimated 22.2 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, representing three quarters of the Yemeni population. Of these, 11.3 million are in acute need of humanitarian assistance (Yemen Humanitarian Needs Overview, 2018). The pre-conflict infrastructure was fragile and the ongoing conflict worsened the situation leading to serious protection issues; severe food shortages; malnutrition crises; multiple epidemics, including cholera, diphtheria and measles; collapse of public services; and loss of livelihood and a challenging decline in economic activity (Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan 2018). Responding to these urgent humanitarian needs is challenged by restricted access (UN Envoy on Yemen, 2017). Selective humanitarian access in Yemen can be attributed to the presence of different parallel coordination mechanisms.

Location: Burwood Corporate Centre, 221 Burwood Hwy, Burwood VIC 3125
At: Thursday, 29th March
Time: 1pm- 2pm

Sali Hafez is a specialist in public health in emergencies who worked in the humanitarian response of various crises in Iraq, Yemen, Bangladesh and Syria. She has worked with the International Movement of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies and Save the Children. Her areas of interest include humanitarian health, protection, migration and inequalities.







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