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19 Jun 2017 description

Over 20 million people in north-east Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia are already at or over the tipping point of famine. Thanks to the generosity of its donors, CERF has released $117.5 million for early action and life-saving operations in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen. In north-east Nigeria, an allocation of $22 million is reaching an estimated 2.9 million people affected by Boko Haram related violence and food insecurity. In Somalia, CERF has allocated $33 million to help vulnerable people in severe drought areas in Puntland, Somaliland and South Central.

19 Jun 2017 description
  • As of 17 June, 158 960 suspected cholera cases and 1 100 deaths (Case Fatality Rate: 0.7%) have been reported in 20 of the 23 governorates and 83% of the districts. The four most affected governorates are Amanat Al Asimah (Sana’a city), Al Hudaydah, Amran and Hajjah with 49.6% of the cases reported since 27 April.

  • Several social media are circulating a message from the Ministry of Health denying that any vaccination campaign for cholera is taking place in Aden, following reports of people claiming to be MoH staff and providing vaccination against cholera.

19 Jun 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

18.8 million people in need

1,988,946 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

81 Percentage of IDPs displaced for more than a year

900,258 IDP returnees

860,061 recipients of NFIs since March 2015

280,096 refugees and asylum seekers

21,698 new arrivals to Yemeni coast since 1 January 2017

FUNDING

USD 114.6 million requested for IDPs and refugees in Yemen for 2017

OPERATIONAL UPDATE

19 Jun 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 504 new arrivals from Yemen

  • 3,661 individuals provided with health care assistance

  • 193 core relief items distributed to 188 households (350 individuals)

  • 5,074 individuals provided with cash grants

  • 955 beneficiaries enrolled in community-based projects

18 Jun 2017 description

Current major event

Communications in public health emergencies

Recent experience with famine and cholera outbreak in Somalia has shown that communication, whether with affected communities, among public health response actors, or with the media, is a critical component of effective response to public health emergencies.

Editorial note

18 Jun 2017 description
report Voice of America

DUBAI, UAE — At least 25 Yemenis were killed when Saudi-led coalition aircraft struck a market in the northern Saada province, a local health official said on Sunday, the latest in a string of deadly incidents in the 27-month-old conflict.

Officials from the Saudi-led coalition could not immediately be reached for a comment on the report.

18 Jun 2017 description
report Kuwait News Agency

RIYADH, June 17 (KUNA) ­­ The "Kuwait by your side" campaign distributed Saturday 4,000 food baskets in Baydha governorate, Central Yemen, as part of its ongoing relief projects during the holy month of Ramadan.

Baydha is currently undergoing several problems, including continued violence by armed militias and their control over parts of the governorate, Ahmad Salem Awad, Director­General of Transportation in Baydha, said in his speech at the food distribution ceremony in Al­Zaher directorate. His remarks were available in Riyadh.

16 Jun 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Yemen’s cholera caseload continues to increase rapidly, with more than 140,000 suspected cases and 989 related deaths in 20 governorates since late April

  • Approximately one-half of all cholera cases are among children 15 years of age and younger

  • The UN again emphasizes the need for Al Hudaydah Port to remain open due to concern for future imports

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

16 Jun 2017 description
report Save the Children

New Analysis from Leading Humanitarian, Development and Global Health Organizations Calculates the Devastating Human Costs of Cuts to Foreign Assistance

Media Contact
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16 Jun 2017 description

GENEVA (16 June 2017) – Yemen and the international community must act urgently to provide safe drinking water to halt a spiralling cholera outbreak, UN human rights experts have warned.

More than 135,000 people are already feared to have contracted the water-borne disease, as the country grapples with the ongoing conflict, which has led to the deterioration of water and sanitation infrastructure in Yemen. WHO figures show that more than 950 people have already died, and officials fear an extremely high death toll as the outbreak continues to spread.