Yemen: Lack of data hampers emergency food aid, according to UNICEF


According to Geert Cappelaere, head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Yemen, donors are insisting to receive convincing evidence before proceeding with their assistance toward emergency food aid. Yet, for UNICEF, dealing with malnutrition is a priority.  "Why do you want children to die first before you’re going to give any credibility to a disaster looming here in Yemen?” Said Cappelaere.

With the increasing pressure for accountability, aid agencies are often confronted with the programmatic dilemma of providing quantifiable evidence of malnutrition in situations where access to the field - and even more data, is made difficult by the circumstances of the conflict.

See: IRIN News
See: Malnutrition in Yemen: Developing an Urgent and Effective Response

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