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[Editorial] Protecting health in Yemen

The health and humanitarian situation in Yemen is desperate. As Abdulrahman A Al-Khateeb highlights in a letter in today’s Lancet, 2·8 million Yemenis have been forced to leave their homes because of the ongoing conflict. More than 80% of the population is in need of humanitarian assistance, 50% are unable to meet their food needs, and 70% have limited access to clean water and sanitation. The war is taking a considerable toll on children, including increases in child trafficking, recruitment of child soldiers, child marriage, and severe acute malnutrition.

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