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)
On 21 March, WHO stated that [MoPHP] has released updated figures for the ongoing outbreak of cholera. 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 /acute watery diarrhea (AWD)/ cholera outbreak began in several Yemeni governorates, which had seen a decrease in AWD/ cholera cases over the past few months.(WHO, 9 May 2017)
The number of acute watery diarrhoea (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)
London/Sana’a - Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams in Yemen are receiving and treating a growing number of cholera and acute watery diarrhoea patients in the governorates of Amran, Hajja, Al-Dhale’, Taiz, and Ibb.
Yemen - On 4 May 2017, the UN Migration Agency (IOM) donated over three tons of medicine and medical supplies to the Al-Jumhori Hospital in Sana’a, Yemen. The medicines and medical supplies are mainly for treating acute diarrheal disease.
The donation was part of IOM’s urgent response – that is, implementation within 24 hours – to the formal request from the hospital for support in managing the growing number of patients arriving at the hospital with acute watery diarrhoea, or AWD.
Sana’a, 7 May 2017
Humanitarian funding is urgently needed to save lives across Yemen. With urgency, I call on Members States to fund the Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan. All commitments made during the pledging conference in Geneva need to materialize at once. While Yemen awaits for peace, humanitarian action is saving lives every day across the entire country.
As the conflict in Yemen enters its third year, children and their families are struggling to survive. Without access to basic services, every ten minutes a child dies of preventable causes and many more are dying from conflict related causes.
Two years since the escalation of the conflict, Yemen is witnessing the highest numbers of malnourished children. Nearly 2.2 million children severely and acutely malnourished are now 11 times more at risk of death as compared to their healthy peers.
International donors participate in high-level pledging event for Yemen crisis on April 25
USG agencies commit an additional $94 million in humanitarian funding for the Yemen response
UN officials warn parties to conflict against launching a military offensive in the vicinity of Al Hudaydah Port, noting humanitarian concerns
Since mid-March 2015, conflict in Yemen has spread to 21 of Yemen’s 22 governorates prompting a large-scale protection crisis and compounding an already dire humanitarian crisis brought on by years of poverty, poor governance, conflict and ongoing instability.
• The total number of people in need of humanitarian assistance is 18.8 million or 70% of the population, including 10.3 million children.
• 7,684 people including 4,773 civilians have now been killed, and over 42,553 injured of whom 8,272 are civilians.
GENEVA (25 April 2017) – Fighting in Yemen must stop now and the blockade of the country’s ports be removed, to allow people facing starvation to access food and life-saving medical supplies, say two United Nations experts on the day of a key fund-raising event for the humanitarian crisis.
“If no immediate action is taken, an entire generation could be affected by widespread famine,” says the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Ms. Hilal Elver.
25 APRIL 2017 | GENEVA - Nearly 19 million people in Yemen are in desperate need of assistance. This is a country that has been battered by conflict for more than two years. This is a country that, before the conflict intensified, was already extremely vulnerable following years of poverty, political unrest, and weak rule of law.
Since the conflict intensified, some 325 attacks have been verified on health facilities, schools, markets, roads, and other infrastructure, added to the challenges and the population’s many causes of misery.
Impending famine, ongoing fighting and a failing health system leave millions at risk in Yemen
More than two years into the crisis in Yemen, the humanitarian and health situation has reached a critical point, with millions of people at risk and on the brink of famine.
Two years after the escalation of conflict in March 2015, the humaniarian situation in Yemen has reached a milestone with millions of lives pushed to the brink of famine. The man-made disaster is causing one of the largest food and protection emergencies in the world. Today, over 18.8 million Yemenis are in need of humanitarian assistance and 7 million people face the threat of famine.
As of 13 April, only 14.4 per cent of $2.1 billion needed for life-saving assistance to 12 million people has been met.
NFDHR - Mohammed Honinah - Tuesday, 11 April, 2017
NFDHR Medical teams in Al Bayda has provided its services to 1009 person during the period from March 15th – 30th, 2017. This project is part of the Cholera Integrated Health and Wash Project implemented by NFDHR and funded by OCHA.
From January to February 2017, national and international humanitarian partners have reached 3.5 million people with some form of direct humanitarian assistance across Yemen. 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 in these first few months. The 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan has received 14.4 per cent funding against the 2.1 billion appeal to date.
According to the IPC analysis released on 15 March, 17 million people in 20 of Yemen’s 22 governorates are in ‘emergency' or ‘crisis' food insecurity phases and almost two‐thirds of the population are now facing hunger and urgently require life and livelihood‐saving assistance and this represents a 21 percent increase since June 2016.
As of 01 April 2017, WFP Yemen has launched to its new Emergency Operation (EMOP 201068). The EMOP will target 9.1 million beneficiaries, including 1.9 million with nutrition support on a monthly basis. The EMOP will last one-year and has an operational cost of USD 1.2 billion (April 2017- March 2018).
Escalation of violence on Yemen’s Western Coast has resulted in significant civilian casualties and large scale displacement where over 44,000 people have recently fled the conflict throughout Taiz Governorate, including at least 25,000 from Al Mukha and Dhubab districts.
The humanitarian situation in Yemen continues to deteriorate two years after the escalation of conflict in March 2015. Today 18.8 million Yemenis – over two-thirds of the population – need humanitarian assistance. More than 3 million people have been displaced within Yemen and 7.3 million people are in urgent need of food assistance. The conflict has brought Yemen to the brink of famine.
March 2017 marks two years since the KSA-led Coalition began airstrikes on Al Houthi and allied forces in Yemen
An estimated 17 million people in Yemen are experiencing acute levels of food insecurity—an increase of 20 percent since June 2016
Unsafe water as deadly to severely malnourished children as lack of food
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NEW YORK/DAKAR/NAIROBI/AMMAN, 29 March 2017 – Water shortages, inadequate sanitation, poor hygiene practices and disease outbreaks are posing an additional threat to severely malnourished children in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF said today.
Zafaran, a displaced woman from Taiz City, has been forced to sell the only mat in her cramped room to pay to refill a small cooking gas cylinder. For her, sitting on the concrete floor is less painful than keeping her two children hungry.
“When the bombings intensified in our neighborhood, we fled barefoot and we couldn’t even bring any clothes with us. We took shelter in a school but a few days later we were asked to leave and we ended up in this crowded place in Ibb,” Zafaran recalled.
The current level of hunger in Yemen is unprecedented with the number of food insecure people rising by three million in seven months. Nationwide, 65% of Yemeni households now estimated to be food insecure (of which nearly 30% severely), compared to 41% during pre‐ crisis period (2014). About 7.3 million people are anticipated to require emergency food assistance. Total food insecure population estimated to be over 17 million.