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)
By the end of October, the Yemeni Ministry of Public Health and Population (MoPHP) has confirmed 71 cholera cases in 11 governorates. At least 7.6 million people are at risk, nearly 40 per cent are children under 15.
UNICEF and its partners are implementing an integrated cholera response plan, including support for strengthened and improved cholera surveillance and response capacity, improvement of water and sanitation practices and infrastructure and dissemination of key hygiene messages in communities at-risk.
The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) finalised the establishment of an ETC back-up Internet connectivity hub for Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Ibb.
Under the leadership of the World Food Programme (WFP), ETC Yemen is working on enhancing the Internet connectivity services at the Diplomatic Transit Facility (DTF) in Sana’a.
NEEDS & KEY FIGURES
An estimated 18.8 million people in Yemen need some kind of humanitarian or protection assistance, including 10.3 million who are in acute need. Escalating conflict since March 2015 has created a vast protection crisis in which millions face risks to their safety and basic rights, and are struggling to survive.
KEY HUMANITARIAN ISSUES
Impact of the crisis
As of 17 November 2016, 90 cases of cholera were confirmed in 29 districts with 8 cases of deaths from cholera.
WHO/ MoPHP estimates that 7.6M people are at risk in 15 governorates.
A total of 4,825 suspected cases are reported in 64 districts.
Cholera case fatality rate (CFR) is 1.5 %
Incidence rate is 4 cases per 10,000.
WHO and partners have established 26 Cholera Treatment Centers in 24 districts.
NEW YORK, 19 November 2016- “The ceasefire announced in Yemen offers new hope in a situation that is increasingly catastrophic for children.
“Eighteen months of conflict have led to the deaths of well over 1,000 children and left millions more without access to basic care, and at risk of imminent death. As food and water supplies dwindle, 1.5 million children are suffering from acute malnutrition. A rapid increase in cholera and measles cases is putting the lives of thousands more at risk.
Al Houthi and KSA-led Coalition representatives agree to new cessation of hostilities, violence continues
Health actors confirm 86 cholera cases, WHO cautions that number could increase
Between 7 million and 10 million people experiencing at least Crisis levels of food insecurity
15 November 2016 – A joint United Nations mission to Al-Hudaydah governorate was conducted to learn more about the health situation in the governorate, discuss urgent health needs and partnerships for an integrated response, including cholera outbreak interventions.
As part of the mission, WHO Deputy Representative in Yemen Dr Akjemal Magtymova visited the Port of Al-Hudaydah, Al-Thawra and Al-Olofi hospitals, as well as the Action Contre la Faim cholera treatment centre.
• Since mid-March 2015, conflict in Yemen has spread to 21 of Yemen’s 22 governorates prompting a large-scale protection crisis and com- pounding 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 21.2 million – or 82% of the population, including 9.9 million children.
• 7,054 people including 4,125 civilians have now been killed, and over 36,376 injured of whom 7,207 are civilians.
Despite the incredibly difficult circumstances for our 400 national staff in Yemen – many of whom have been displaced themselves due to ongoing airstrikes and damage suffered to their homes – we are responding to the dire humanitarian crisis with Food Security and Livelihoods, Child Protection, Nutrition, Health, WASH and support for Education programming in eight of the affected governorates.
Since May 2015 we have reached over 1,150,092 people, including nearly 652,644 children
ADEN, 14th November, 2016 (WAM) -- Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, is continuing its anti-cholera awareness campaign in schools and health centres in the Aden Governorate of Yemen.
The ERC team has also established the Friends of School Environment Club here to urge students to keep the schools clean and help increase health awareness.
ACTED launches a response to cholera on the ground, distributing hygiene kits and teaching families and health facilities about cholera prevention.
The Ministry of Public Health and Population has published updated figures for cholera cases in the country.
A total of 2733 suspected cases and 51 associated deaths have been reported in Ta’iz, Aden, Lahij, Al Hudaydah, Hajjah, Sana'a, Al Bayda, Dhamar and Ibb. 75 cholera cases have been laboratory-confirmed so far.
71 confirmed cases of cholera in 11 governorates
Food insecurity worsens
Salaries of 1.25M public servants remain unpaid
Airstrike in Sana’a kills over 140 and injures over 600
Total population 26 m
# of people targeted by assistance 12.6 m
# of people targeted by health care assistance 10.7 m
# of people targeted by food assistance 8.0 m
P# of people displaced (IDPs & returnees) 3.1 m*
On 5 November, hundreds of supporters of Houthis protested in Sana'a against the UN peace roadmap put forward by the UN Special Envoy Cheikh Ahmed, who arrived in Sana'a on 3 November. The Yemeni President in exile last week rejected the UN proposal while the Houthis said it was a basis for discussion.
The Ministry of Public Health and Population in Yemen has released new figures on the number of cholera and cholera-related deaths in the country.
As of 30 October 2016, 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. Of the 116 stools samples tested so far, 55 were positive for Vibrio cholerae 01 Ogawa at the Central Public Health Laboratory of Sana’a.
ADEN, 7th November, 2016 (WAM) -- Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, is continuing its anti-Cholera awareness campaign in schools and health centres in the Aden Governorate of Yemen.
The campaign, supported by ERC and in co-ordination with the Health Office in Aden, aims at briefing students, teachers and parents about means of preventing Cholera, especially personal hygiene and public health. The campaign began last October in one of Aden's schools and will continue to reach out to every school in the area.
Sana'a, 6 November 2016 — More than half of all health facilities in Yemen are closed or partially functioning, and there are critical shortages in medical doctors in more than 40% of all districts, according to a new WHO health system survey.