When COVID-19 hit Yemen was already on track to be one of the poorest nations in the world instigated by the civil war that has been ongoing since 2015. Yemen’s healthcare system was already overwhelmed before the pandemic began and was unable to handle the increased demand. International groups such as the UN have stepped in to support struggling communities, but the available aid is still falling short.


  • 2019 GDP annual growth rate*: 2.1%
  • Projected 2020 GDP*: -5%
  • Projected 2020 inflation*: 26.5%
  • Rural population distribution**: 62.7%
  • Poverty rate**: 54%


As of 12/10/2020

  • Total confirmed cases: 2,383
  • Total deaths: 649
  • New cases in the last week: 192

Source: Johns Hopkins Corona Virus Resource Center


  • Total population***: 29,884,405
  • Age distribution**: Majority young
  • Gender ratio**: 1.02 males/females
  • Mortality rate***: 5.6/1,000
  • Official language**: Arabic
  • # of ethnolinguistic groups**: 4


  • Focused on technology transfer
  • Evaluated their face masks quantitatively and compared them to international standards
  • Prepared training materials on the face mask production machine to support start-up phase production for Yemeni micro, small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Released media campaign highlighting the implementation progress of the face mask production machine

* Source: International Monetary Fund

** Source: CIA Factbook

*** Source: World Bank