Impact of COVID 19 on Food Security, Gender Equality and Sexual and Reproductive Health in Yemen, Synthesis Report: September 2021 – Yemen


As of August 26, 2021, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reported in Yemen had reached 7,625 with 1,438 associated deaths (WHO) reaching a case fatality rate of 19%, about five times the global average. However, in general, the total number of cases in Yemen is vastly underreported.

The main objective of this assessment was to determine the impact of COVID-19 on food security and livelihoods, gender equality / inequality and access to sexual and reproductive health in the area of ‘evaluation, from a gender and protection perspective. The assessment also aimed to understand the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic in terms of gender roles and relationships as well as on access to basic services. The assessment also examined current coping mechanisms used by community members to mitigate the impacts of COVID 19.

The assessment was carried out in the districts of Salh and Al-Waziyah, in the governorate of Taiz. The two districts were selected to compare the impact of COVID-19 on rural (Al-Waziyah) and urban (Salh) populations. The thematic scope of the assessment covered three main areas related to COVID 19: a) Food security and livelihoods; b) Gender equality / inequality; and c) Sexual and reproductive health.

Methodology: Given the scope of the evaluation, both quantitative and qualitative approaches were used for the study. These included: a review of the literature; 22 Key informant interviews with community leaders, health professionals, government offices and humanitarian actors; 410 household survey (50% men; 50% women); 12 Group discussions (50% men; 50% women); and 10 case studies.


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