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21 Aug 2017 description

Speech given by Ms Christine Beerli, Vice-President of the ICRC at the World Humanitarian Day panel on "Violence against health care and its implications for affected populations, humanitarian workers and aid".

Director General, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

The ICRC is honoured to co-organise with the United Nations Office in Geneva, UNOCHA and MSF this debate on World Humanitarian Day.

21 Aug 2017 description

Letter sent to Secretary-General Guterres, all 15 members of the United Nations Security Council and EU High Representative Mogherini.

OSLO/NORWAY 18 August 2017

Dear Secretary-General Guterres,

19 Aug 2017 description

Amman, Jordan

Mr. President,

Yemen today continues to traverse a critical and agonizing period as civilians pay a terrible price of an unending power struggle. Those who survive the fighting face death by famine or disease as the economic situation continues to deteriorate and the humanitarian conditions worsens.

18 Aug 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Yemen’s cholera caseload exceeds 522,000 new suspected cases and nearly 2,000 related deaths

  • Revised 2017 Yemen HRP appeal requests $2.3 billion for humanitarian response efforts

  • USAID/FFP partner WFP reaches more than 6 million people with emergency food assistance in July

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

18 Aug 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12961

SECURITY COUNCIL
8027TH MEETING (AM)

Iran-backed Rebels Blocking Aid Delivery, Deputy Prime Minister Stresses, Pledging Airport Reopening Provided Government Forces Control Security

18 Aug 2017 description

Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict (Watchlist) and Save the Children collected more than 37,000 signatures on a petition calling on UN Secretary-General António Guterres to list all responsible parties for committing grave violations against children in Yemen, including the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, in his 2017 annual report on children and armed conflict.

18 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Tens of millions of children caught up in armed conflict must be protected from life-threatening attacks and violence.

Around the world, conflict is exacting a devastating toll on millions of children. With increasing frequency, children are being deliberately and indiscriminately attacked and denied life-saving humanitarian assistance in breach of international humanitarian law. On World Humanitarian Day on 19 August, join the United Nations and its partners in standing together to demand that children are #NotATarget.

17 Aug 2017 description
report UN News Service

17 August 2017 – In the midst of the cholera outbreak in Yemen, where an average 5,000 people fall sick every day, the United Nations population agency is warning about the dangers to pregnant and breastfeeding women.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women, especially those who are malnourished], are particularly vulnerable. An estimated 1.1 million malnourished pregnant women are at risk, requiring immediate care,” the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) recently said.

17 Aug 2017 description

POLITICS AND SECURITY

OVERVIEW

Instability and violence have continued across the country following escalation of conflict in March 2015. As of 30 April 2017, at least 8,053 civillians have been killed and over 45,000 injured, although it is likely that the actual toll is much higher. All parties to the conflict have committed serious human rights and humanitarian law violations.

17 Aug 2017 description

With 20 million women, children and men struggling to find food and safe drinking water in parts of Africa and Yemen, Canadians donated more than $8 million to the Humanitarian Coalition and its member agencies during the Stop Famine Together joint campaign.

Thanks to the Government of Canada’s Famine Relief Fund, which matched eligible donations, even more relief aid is available to those in need.

17 Aug 2017 description
report Direct Relief

A cholera epidemic is exploding in war-torn Yemen. At its current pace this easily treatable disease could soon kill more people than the Ebola epidemic of 2013-2015 in Guinea. Roughly four weeks from now, if left unchecked, cholera in Yemen could claim more than 2,544 lives. That’s how many Guinean lives were lost to Ebola in the West Africa outbreak that escalated to pandemic levels. In 12 weeks cholera deaths in Yemen could surpass the nearly 4,000 killed by Ebola in Sierra Leone.

16 Aug 2017 description
  • As of 13 August, the number of suspected cases reached the dramatic level of half a million with 503 484 reported cases and 1 975 related deaths. The number of cases might have slowed in some areas over the past couple of weeks but it is still increasing in 81 districts, notably in Lahj, Hajjah, Amran provinces showing an active epidemic throughout the country.
  • A national cholera campaign started yesterday, covering 22 governorates.
  • 20 000 teams are delivering hygiene and health messages to communities.
16 Aug 2017 description
report Oxfam

Since the end of April 2017, Yemen has been experiencing its worst recorded outbreak of suspected cholera in a single year. By mid-August, more than 500,000 cases were recorded. More than two years of war have devastated large parts of Yemen’s infrastructure and left the majority of the population lacking basic services such as clean water or enough to eat. Levels of food insecurity and malnutrition are high, and make people even more vulnerable and susceptible to disease. Governorates with high levels of food insecurity are among those worst affected by cholera.

15 Aug 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

Key Figures

20.7 million
People in need

9.8 million
People in acute need

14.8 million
People lack access to basic health services

2.0 million
People internally displaced

2.2 million
Women and girls of reproductive age

1.1 million
Malnourished pregnant women at risk of contracting cholera

2.6 million
Women & girls at risk of gender-based violence

14 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

By Bassam Ghabr and Bismarck Swangin

SANA’A, Yemen, 11 August 2017 – Twelve-year-old Hameed is lying on a bed at the Thula Public Hospital north of Sana'a. This is the second time he has been hospitalized in the last few weeks, both times to receive treatment for cholera.

Doctors are giving him oral rehydration solution at the UNICEF-supported cholera treatment unit, while Hameed and his father both hope that this bout of cholera will be his last.

14 Aug 2017 description

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This report presents findings from a survey conducted by Save the Children (SC) in Taiz Governorate from 18 to 30 March 2017. The Standardized Monitoring & Assessments of Reliefs & Transitions (SMART) methodology was used. The survey was conducted in 7 accessible districts in Taiz Highland (THL) zone.
Surveyed districts were AL-Mawaset, Samea, Al-Selw, Al-Misrakh, Saber Al-Mawadem, Khadeer and Al-Maafer.