Shedding Light on Yemen's Forgotten Crisis: A Nationally Representative Survey

in collaboration with Sana'a University and UNESCWA

LSE PI: Dr Valeria Cetorelli
Co-PIs: Dr Antelak Almutawakel, Marwan Khawaja, Gilbert Burnham
Duration: September 2017–February 2019

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Yemen is in the midst of an acute humanitarian crisis. Millions have been displaced and thousands more have been wounded or killed due to the ongoing conflict since March 2015. Basic services and infrastructure are on the verge of total collapse. Hundreds of health facilities have been destroyed or have stopped working due to shortages in electricity, fuel, medicines and personnel. Restriction of commercial and humanitarian imports and loss of livelihoods and income have exposed most of the population to destitution and food insecurity. Due to a lack of supplies and funds, the whole country also faces a water and sanitation emergency.

This project aims to provide a comprehensive assessment of the multiple complex dimensions of the crisis, and actively assist the UN in designing strategies for addressing the most pressing needs of the Yemeni population. This information is intended to document the full extent of the crisis and assist the UN and other humanitarian actors in designing strategies for improving access to basic services, reducing mortality and morbidity, and alleviating malnutrition. The project will build capacity in survey research at Sana’a University and strengthen international collaboration between academics and practitioners in the fields of public health, human rights and protection of civilians in times of conflict.

This project is partially supported by funding from United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia.

This project forms part of the Academic Collaboration with Arab Universities Programme, funded by the Emirates Foundation.

Research Team

Valeria Cetorelli

Valeria Cetorelli | Principal Investigator 

Valeria is Visiting Fellow at the LSE Middle East Centre and a Demographer at the UNESCWA.


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Antelak Almutawakel | Co-Principal Investigator

Antelak is Professor at the Gender and Development Research and Studies Center, Sana'a University.


Marwan Khawaja | Co-Principal Investigator

Marwan is Chief of the Demographic and Social Statistics Section at UNESCWA.



Gilbert Burnham | Co-Principal Investigator

Gilbert is Professor and founding Director of the JHU Center for Humanitarian Health.


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