Health authorities in Yemen confirmed a cholera outbreak on 6 October 2016, posing an increased health risk to the population especially children. The Ministry of Public Health and Population (MoPHP) announced that a total of 11 out of 25 suspected diarrhea cases have been confirmed as Cholera cases in the capital, Sana’a. As per the Inter-Agency joint response plan, UNICEF additional fund requirements for the cholera outbreak response stands at US$3.2 million. (UNICEF, 11 Oct 2016)
As of 23 October, 31 cases of cholera have been confirmed, in Amant Al Asimah, Aden, Lahj, Al Bayda, Sana’a and Hajjah governorates. At least 7.6 million people are estimated to be living in affected and at-risk areas. (UNICEF, 24 Oct 2016)
On 27 October, [WHO] released approximately US$1 million from its internal emergency funds to support the ongoing response to the cholera outbreak in Yemen. (WHO, 27 Oct 2016)
As of 11 January , 15,658 suspected cholera cases have been reported in 156 districts. A total of 180 out of 841 cases tested positive for Vibrio Cholera, serotype Ogawa. Overall, the epidemic curve shows a declining trend from week 51 onwards, while the attack rate remains high in some high-risk districts. Health response is underway through 26 Diarrhea Treatment Centres (DTC) in 24 districts, while WASH partners are undertaking response in 29 districts. An additional $3 million is being allocated through the 2017 HPF reserve allocation to address outstanding gaps. (OCHA, 15 Jan 2017)
The Yemen Pooled Fund has begun 2017 by launching a First Reserve Allocation for the Cholera response worth $2.7 million. (OCHA, 31 Jan 2017)
During the week of 6–12 March 2017, 88 new suspected cases of cholera and 2 deaths have been reported, mainly from Hajjah, Al Bayda and Sana’a governorates. (WHO, 21 Mar 2017)
Since 27 April 2017, a second wave of [AWD]/ cholera outbreak began in several Yemeni governorates, which had seen a decrease...(WHO, 9 May 2017)
The number of [AWD]/ suspected cholera cases has increased dramatically and the outbreak expanded to 18 out of 22 governorates. Sana’a City is the most affected area, with more than 7 000 suspected cholera cases...Out of the total reported cases, as of 18 May, 131 deaths were confirmed and 36 resulted in death. (WHO, 18 May 2017)
From 27 April to 7 July 2017, 297 438 suspected cholera cases and 1 706 deaths (CFR: 0.6%) have been reported in 95.6% (22/23) of Yemen governorates, and 86.5% (288/333) of the districts. (WHO, 8 Jul 2017)
Over 120 humanitarian partners in Yemen are delivering coordinated assistance out of five hubs in Aden, Hudaydah, Ibb, Sa’ada, and Sana’a. From January to April this year, humanitarian partners reached 4.3 million people. However, at a time when the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan is only 33 per cent funded ($688 million of $2.1 billion), humanitarians have had to use resources programmed for food security or malnutrition to combat the unprecedented cholera outbreak which has surged beyond initial estimates. (OCHA, 12 July 2017)
AMMAN, 24 July 2017 – As the humanitarian crisis in Yemen deepens and with no end in sight, UNICEF welcomes the latest contribution of over US$2 million from the State of Kuwait to support children affected by the acute watery diarrhoea /cholera outbreak.
• During week 29 (from 16 to 22 July 2017), 34 253 suspected cholera cases and 44 deaths were reported in Yemen.
• Since the beginning of this outbreak second wave (from 27 April to 23 July 2017), 390,865 suspected cholera cases, and 1 864 deaths (CFR: 0.5%) have been reported in 21 of the country 23 governorates (91.0%), and in 88.6% of the districts (295/333).
• About 2% of the total population have been affected.
Since its launch, the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSrelief) has implemented 139 projects at a cost of $615,839,175 across Yemen in a number of areas, including emergency relief food and medical supplies; project to prevent disease outbreaks and reduce child mortality; promote agricultural development and improve water supplies. KSrelief also provided support for Yemeni refugees in Djibouti and Somalia. The projects were implemented with support with national and international agencies.
The King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSrelief) in Yemen continues distributing 17,174 food baskets in the governorate of Al-Baida, as well as 20,900 food baskets in the governorate of Maareb; benefiting 10,3044 people.
The Center also distributed 45 tons of medicines, medical supplies and equipment to government hospitals in Aden, Taiz, Marib, Jouf and Sayoun.
The humanitarian situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate. Driven by food insecurity and a cholera outbreak caused directly by the conflict, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance has increased by two million and now stands at 20.7. Some 9.8 million people are in acute need of assistance to save or sustain their lives while 10.8 million people need assistance to prevent them from slipping into acute need.
From 27 April to 22 July 2017, 384,719 suspected cholera cases and 1,858 deaths (CFR: 0.5%) have been reported in 91.3% (21/23) of Yemen governorates, and 88.6% (295/333) of the districts.
Geographical distribution of cases
The five most affected governorates were Amanat Al Asimah, Al Hudaydah, Hajjah, Amran and Ibb with 53.5% (205,933/384,719) of the cases reported since 27 April 2017.
Al Dhaele’e, Al Mahwit and Amran governorates had the highest attack rates (28.7‰, 28.3‰ and 25.7‰ respectively)
(Sana'a/Geneva) - The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) arrived in Yemen today as the country's unprecedented cholera outbreak ravages an alarming – and growing - percentage of the population.
ICRC experts expect the current number of suspected cholera cases to at least double by the end of 2017 to over 600,000 - or one in every 45 Yemenis. The ICRC president will visit Aden, Taiz and Sana'a during his 5-day trip to the country, and will meet health workers battling the deadly disease.
In order to help alleviate the pressing needs of the friendly and brotherly people of Yemen, Turkey, in addition to its emergency assistance in 2015 and 2016, and its pledge of 1 million USD announced in April 2017 at the “High Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen”, has sent to Yemen a vessel containing 10.560 tons of humanitarian assistance.
- 20.7 million people in need
- 1,988,946 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)
- 81% of IDPs displaced for more than a year
- 900,258 IDP returnees
- 865,121 recipients of NFIs since March 2015
- 280,096 refugees and asylum seekers
- USD 114.6 million requested for IDPs and refugees in Yemen for 2017
To United Nations Security Council Ambassadors,
Re: Worsening crisis in Yemen and need for United Nations Security Council Action
Following the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) briefing on 12 July, where senior UN officials warned of a dramatic worsening of the crisis in Yemen, we felt compelled to write to you as the NGO Task Force on the Code of Conduct regarding Security Council action against genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes.
SANA’A, Yemen – The cholera outbreak in Yemen is spreading at an unprecedented rate, with an average of 5,000 people infected every day, and nearly one person dying every hour, according reporting from the United Nations. In less than three months, more than 330,000 suspected cases of cholera have been reported, with nearly 1,800 deaths.
According to WHO, of 20 July, 368 207 suspected cholera cases and 1 828 deaths have been reported. More than 50% of cases are concentrated in five governorates: Sana'a city, Hodeida, Hajjah, Amran and Ibb.
The UN confirmed that on 18 July an airstrike killed at least 20 internally displaced people and injured six more west of Taiz. Over the last week, renewed fighting has broken out in Taiz, reportedly resulting in troops loyal to president Hadi taking over several villages and the main road connecting Taiz/Mokha and Hodeida.
Massive aid effort and cease-fire needed as rainy season approaches
The number of people with cholera in Yemen is now the largest ever recorded in any country in a single year since records began, Oxfam said today. At over 360,000 suspected cholera cases in just three months since the outbreak started, it is now already the largest number of cases in a year, topping the previous annual record of 340,311 in Haiti in 2011.
From 27 April to 19 July 2017, 368 207 suspected cholera cases and 1 828 deaths (CFR: 0.5%) have been reported in 91.3% (21/23) of Yemen governorates, and 88.6% (295/333) of the districts.
Geographical distribution of cases
The five most affected governorates were Amanat Al Asimah, Al Hudaydah, Hajjah, Amran and Ibb with 53.8% (198 227/368 207) of the cases reported since 27 April 2017.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Chairman Young, Ranking Member Merkley, and the members of this subcommittee for holding this important and timely hearing today. Refugees International (RI) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that advocates for lifesaving assistance and protection for displaced people in parts of the world impacted by conflict, persecution and forced displacement. Based here in Washington, we conduct fact-finding missions to research and report on the circumstances of displaced populations in countries such as Somalia, Iraq, Uganda, and Turkey.
SUSPECTED CHOLERA CASES
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National Emergency Operations Centres (EOCs) in Aden and Sana'a have now been redesigned and strengthened to harness the full capacity of United Nations agencies and partners to support the cholera response.