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$3.2 million. (UNICEF, 11 Oct 2016)
As of 23 October, 31 cases of cholera have been confirmed, in Amant Al Asimah, Aden, Lahj, Al Bayda, Sana’a and Hajjah governorates. At least 7.6 million people are estimated to be living in affected and at-risk areas. Given the poor sanitation conditions of many communities in Yemen, particularly the ones hosting large number of internally displaced people (IDPs), the situation is likely to worsen rapidly in the coming days. (UNICEF, 24 Oct 2016)
On 27 October, The World Health Organization (WHO) released approximately US$ 1 million from its internal emergency funds to support the ongoing response to the cholera outbreak in Yemen. (WHO, 27 Oct 2016)
As of 30 October, a total of 1410 suspected cases of cholera, including 45 associated deaths have been reported. Laboratory-confirmed cases of cholera have been reported from Taiz, Aden, Lahj, Al-Hudaydah, Hajjah, Sana'a, Al-Baida and and Ibb governorates.(WHO, 30 OCt 2016)
As of 24 November, 103 cases of cholera have been confirmed in 31 districts with 8 cases of deaths from cholera. A total of 6121 of suspected cases are reported in 86 districts. (WHO, 24 Nov 2016)
As of 29 November, the outbreak of cholera declared in early October recorded 122 confirmed cases in 12 governorates, 10 confirmed deaths, and 72 suspected deaths. Additionally, more than 7,700 suspected cases were reported across 15 at-risk governorates. Women and children made up the majority of both suspected cases and deaths. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MoPHP) estimate that 7.6 million people are at risk. (OCHA, 14 Dec 2016)
As of 27 December, there were some 12,733 suspected cases and 163 confirmed cholera cases in 15 governorates. Cumulatively, 96 cholera-associated deaths have been reported. Children account for 34 per cent of the victims. (OCHA, 31 Dec 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.
As more than 20 months of conflict has caused the collapse of basic services and institutions, there are only 45 per cent of health facilities functioning, and even these face severe shortages in medicines, equipment, and staff. The lack of capacity, coupled with predisposing conditions such as population displacement, overcrowding and inadequate sanitation have contributed to the occurrence and spread of the Cholera/AWD outbreak.(OCHA, 15 Jan 2017)
The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has now raised £20 million for the Yemen Crisis Appeal, since it was launched on 13 December 2016. This month the UN has announced that Yemen is on the brink of famine. Almost 19 million people - 80% of the population - are desperately in need of help, with 14 million people already hungry. Yemen is just one of four countries where famine is looming at present; the UN has already declared famine in parts of South Sudan, with Somalia and northern Nigeria at crisis point.
Fighting escalates along Yemen’s Red Sea coast, displacing more than 34,000 people from Dhubab and Mocha
Food security conditions deteriorate as food and fuel prices increase
UN releases 2017 HRP, requesting $2.1 billion to reach 12 million people with humanitarian assistance
Sana’a, 12 February 2017 — As violent conflict continues in Al-Mokha City in Taizz governorate, Yemen, more than more than 8000 internally displaced persons have fled to several districts of Al-Hudaydah governorate. WHO teams in the governorate are providing trauma care and primary health care services to newly displaced persons, and delivering medicines and supplies to health facilities.
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Conflict endangers agricultural livelihoods despite good rainfall
Below-average cereal harvest gathered in 2016
Over 17 million people food insecure towards the end of 2016
Conflict endangers agricultural livelihoods despite good rainfall
12 million targeted for assistance
Yemen Pooled Fund expands engagement with national partners
Over 1.3 million people in access restricted areas across Yemen
“I have nothing left to sell, except my soul.”
Airstrikes on Amran’s Cement Factory
22,000 people are affected by intense fighting in Al-Mokha City in Taizz Governorate. More than 8,000 people have fled to Al-Hudaydah and Taizz Governorate to escape, while thousands more remain trapped and caught in the crossfire.
WHO has deployed a rapid response team to districts receiving internally displaced persons from Al-Mokha City to identify the most urgent health needs.
THE HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE PLAN AT A GLANCE
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 1
Save lives, prioritizing the most vulnerable
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 2
Integrate protection and gender-related concerns across the response
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 3
Support maintenance of basic services and institutions
STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE 4
Strengthen coordination, accountability and advocacy
IMPACT OF THE CRISIS
With slow progress on a negotiated political solution to the conflict in Yemen, millions of children and their families will continue to suffer from the consequences of hostilities, interruption of public services, and ever more diminished livelihoods. The risk is that thousands of children will continue to face death from preventable causes.
Nearly 2.2 million Yemeni children are acutely malnourished and 462,000 suffer from severe acute malnutrition – almost a three-fold rise over 2014 levels.
The situation in Yemen remains declining as a total of 18.8 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, including 10.3 million in acute need and 3 million IDPs and returnees.
Some 180 cases of cholera have been confirmed in 49 districts with 99 cases of deaths from cholera and AWD. A total of 15,468 suspected cases are reported from 135 districts with only 45 per cent of health facilities are currently functioning in the country.
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Conflict results in more than 10,000 civilian deaths and 40,000 injuries since March 2015
WHO reports more than 17,300 suspected cholera cases and 99 cholera-associated deaths; relief agencies continue response efforts
Food and fuel prices remain stable but elevated in December 2016
From January to December 2016, national and international humanitarian partners have reached 5.6 million people with some form of direct humanitarian assistance across Yemen's 22 governorates. This has been accomplished despite continued conflict and access constraints imposed by the parties to the conflict.
Lack of funds has also limited the response. The 2016 Humanitarian Response Plan received 60 per cent funding against the 1.6 billion appeal to date.
23 January 2017 – The Ministry of Public Health and Population in Yemen released additional figure for the ongoing outbreak of cholera. Since the last update on 10 January 2017, 1866 new suspected cases of cholera have been reported; no additional deaths were reported. The weekly trend of reported cholera cases remains unchanged although a decrease in the reported cases have been observed in a number of the affected governorates.
As of 11 January 2017, 15,658 suspected cholera cases have been reported in 156 districts.
A total of 180 out of 841 cases have 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.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
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Today the United States announced more than $76 million in new humanitarian assistance to respond to the urgent needs of the Yemeni people throughout the country, bringing the total U.S. humanitarian assistance for Yemen to nearly $404 million since 2015.
The Ministry of Public Health and Population in Yemen has published the latest figures on cases and deaths in the ongoing cholera outbreak in the country. Since the last update on 28 December 2016, 3335 new suspected cases of cholera and two additional deaths have been reported.
As of 10 January, a total of 15 468 suspected cases of cholera, including 99 associated deaths have been reported, with a case–fatality rate of 0.64%. Of these cases, 180 cases were laboratory-confirmed for Vibrio cholerae 01.
2016 was a year of challenges and upheaval across the globe. The ongoing migration and refugee crisis has uprooted nearly 50 million children worldwide, leaving them vulnerable to violence and exploitation. Conflict and natural hazards continue to take a toll on children, with nearly 1 in 4 living in areas affected by crisis.
Many poor Yemenis do not have adequate access to essential services to protect them, or a social safety net to catch them when disaster strikes .Escalating conflict since Mach,2015 left an estimated 18.8 million people in Yemen in need for some kind of humanitarian or protection assistance, including 10.3 million who are in acute need (OCHA 2016) . The recent crisis has sent prices soaring while most households lost their source of income and farmers are unable to fuel their generators to pump water to their fields.
- The closure of the Sana’a airport is denying an estimated 20,000 people access to life-saving healthcare abroad.
- Over 5.3 million reached across Yemen’s 22 governorates despite obstacles.
- People in Yemen are dying of preventable health issues.
- $1.6 billion requested
- $977 million funding against HRP
- 60 per cent funded (31 December 2016)
Trapped in Yemen