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29 May 2017 description

25 May 2017 – A World Health Organization-chartered aircraft carrying intravenous fluids and cholera kits has successfully landed at Sana’a airport in Yemen. At 67 tonnes, it constitutes the largest planeload of medical goods WHO has brought into the country since the escalation of the conflict in March 2015.

29 May 2017 description

With almost 19 million reliant on aid, Yemen is the world's single largest humanitarian crisis.

Now it's in the grip of a cholera outbreak.

On 5 May, the Ministry of Health and Population in Sana'a declared a state of emergency. Since then, in only three short weeks, **52,000 cases have been reported – along with 478 fatalities**.

29 May 2017 description

Situation Overview

  • The number of acute watery diarrhea (AWD)/ suspected cholera cases continue to increase at unprecedented level in Yemen. More than half of the total cases have been reported in Sana’a City (Amanat Al-Asimah), Hajjah, Amran and Sana’a governorates.

  • From 27 April to 24 May 2017, a total of 42,207 suspected cholera/ AWD cases were reported from 19 governorate. Out of the total reported cases, 420 deaths were reported (1% case fatality rate).

29 May 2017 description

Current major event

Implementation of Electronic EWARN Platform in EMRO

In collaboration with ITT unit of the Regional Office, the IHM unit of the Department of WHO Health Emergen- cies Programme in EMRO is developing a regional electronic platform for EWARN (Early warning Alert and Re- sponse Network) for humanitarian crisis affected settings.

Editorial note

28 May 2017 description
report UN Population Fund
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Cairo, 28 May 2017 – I am deeply concerned by the confirmed news on the rise of cholera in Yemen, which comes as a possibly fatal addition to the hardships that Yemeni men and women have been facing due to the conflict, displacement and malnutrition. With some 2,000 suspected cases reported daily, the recent and unprecedented cholera outbreak in Yemen threatens the lives of 1.1 million malnourished pregnant women, who need immediate care and reproductive health services.

26 May 2017 description

Abstract

​The ECDC Communicable Disease Threats Report (CDTR) is a weekly bulletin for epidemiologists and health professionals on active public health threats. This issue covers the period 21 May - 27 May 2017 and includes updates on influenza, hepatitis A, cholera, Ebola virus disease and Legionnaires' disease.

26 May 2017 description

SC/12841

Security Council
7951st Meeting (AM)

Endless Talks on Ending Violence Pointless as Arms Sales to Criminals, Dictators, Terrorists Continue at Same Time, Says Holy See

Despite 15 years of steadily growing international attention to the question of protecting civilians in conflict situations, life in war zones around the world remained grim, with suffering “pushed to the limits” as cities turned into “death traps”, the Security Council heard today as it held an open debate on attacks against medical personnel and facilities.

26 May 2017 description

Already dealing with raging conflict and the world's worst hunger crisis, Yemen is now struggling to control a cholera epidemic that is spreading across the country at an unprecedented rate. In the last three weeks, health authorities have reported more than 41,000 suspected cholera cases, one third of whom are children, and 418 associated deaths across 19 of Yemen's 22 governorates.

26 May 2017 description

We the undersigned organisations call upon UN Security Council members to take action to bring about an immediate ceasefire in Yemen, end the humanitarian crisis and support the UN Special Envoy's efforts towards an inclusive political solution to the conflict.

26 May 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Renewed outbreak of cholera spreads in 19 governorates, with more than 41,900 suspected cases recorded since late April

  • USG contributes an additional $77.1 million to support emergency relief operations in Yemen

  • Humanitarian agencies, including USG partners, provide life-saving assistance to approximately 4.8 million people from January to early May

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

25 May 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING BY STEPHANE DUJARRIC, SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL ANTÓNIO GUTERRES THURSDAY, 25 MAY 2017

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  • One month after the High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen, the United Nations thanks the Member States who have fully paid their pledges.

  • We thank: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Canada, China, Denmark, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, New Zealand, the Russian Federation, Slovenia, Sweden and the United States.

25 May 2017 description

Interview

PUBLISHED: MAY 24, 2017
CIGI EXPERT: JACQUELINE LOPOUR

As a civil war in Yemen persists, a cholera outbreak in the country is spreading at an unprecedented rate, according to the United Nations, which says that there were more than 35,500 suspected cases of the disease reported in the past three weeks, and 361 deaths. Amid urgent appeals for international assistance, CIGI Research Associate Jacqueline Lopour talks about the underlying connections between conflict, cholera and water security.

CIGI: Can you tell us about the water crisis in the Yemen?

24 May 2017 description

Highlights

  • A cholera outbreak has reignited in Yemen, spreading with unprecedented speed across 18 out of 23 governorates and causing a total of 23 425 suspected cases and 242 deaths between 27 April 2017 and 18 May 2017.

  • This is the second wave of an outbreak which first emerged in September 2016 and had previously shown signs of slowing. The cumulative total number of cases reported across both waves of the outbreak has reached 49 096 with 361 related deaths.

24 May 2017 description

In light of an intensifying cholera outbreak, Commissioner Stylianides expresses EU support for the people of Yemen.

"As Yemen is facing a fast spreading cholera outbreak of unprecedented scale the EU is increasing its response with further funding to help those in need.

24 May 2017 description
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Sana’a, 24 May 2017

Cholera continues to spread at an unprecedented rate throughout Yemen affecting men, women, and children who have for more than two years withstood the consequences of a conflict that is collapsing institutions and social safety nets. With urgency I appeal to United Nations Members States for financial and political support to help avert what is sure to be an additional and devastating blow to Yemen.

23 May 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Violence disrupting children’s access to health services, safe water and sanitation

AMMAN, 24 May 2017 – Violence and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa have put in jeopardy the health of 24 million children in Yemen, Syria, the Gaza Strip, Iraq, Libya and Sudan. Damage to health infrastructure is depriving children of essential health care. Water and sanitation services have been compromised, causing waterborne diseases to spread while preventative health care and nutritious food are insufficient to meet children’s needs.