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)
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
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING BY STEPHANE DUJARRIC, SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL ANTÓNIO GUTERRES THURSDAY, 25 MAY 2017
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
'The cholera outbreak in Yemen comes on top of an armed conflict and famine that are affecting a large proportion of the population. Norway is therefore increasing its humanitarian support to Yemen by NOK 10 million, and will continue to follow the situation closely,' said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.
March, 2017 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent's (QRCS) mission in Yemen has commenced the operation of the Al-Thawrah Health Complex in Al-Thawrah District, Amanat Al-Asemah, in cooperation with Yemen's Ministry of Public Health & Population (MOPHP).
The six-month project will cost $126,200 (nearly QR 460,000), funded by Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD).
With this support, the complex would continue to serve the internally displaced people (IDPs) from various governorates to Sanaa.
The project involves:
En Yemen, una explosiva epidemia del cólera amenaza la vida de la población ya debilitada por dos años de conflicto.
Acción contra el Hambre intensifica la lucha contra esta enfermedad mediante actividades de prevención y saneamiento y el apoyo al centro de tratamiento de cólera en la ciudad de Hodeidah.
The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation calls upon the international community, the international organizations and the civil society organizations to intensify their efforts in supporting the Republic of Yemen to contain the cholera epidemic, stop its spread and address the humanitarian and health situation, which has significantly deteriorated.
29 300 suspected cases of cholera and 315 deaths are reported since 27 April, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) on 21 May. WHO warned that the epidemic could affect as many as 300 000 people within six months with an “extremely high" number of deaths. Other humanitarian organisations warned that the outbreak is threatening to spiral out of control and called for an immediate and increased response.
RIYADH, May 21 (KUNA) Kuwait has rushed and sent several medical supplies to Yemen to help counter the recent cholera outbreak in the civil conflictravaged Arab country. "Kuwait Besides You" humanitarian campaign distributed medical aid Sunday to the hospitals in the Abyan Governorate.
In a press statement, Dr. Emad Abdulrahim, a campaign official, said that the campaign was keen on helping Yemeni people stop the spread of the deadly disease.
The medical supplies comprise necessary medications and equipment to deal with the cholera spread, he said.
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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (May 21, 2017) — Save the Children staff in Yemen are warning that a deadly cholera outbreak could become a full blown-epidemic, with more than 65,000 cases expected by the end of June at current rates. Yemen is seeing an average of more than 1,000 suspected cases of cholera a day, with nearly two out of three suspected of being children under 15 years.
20 May 2017 – The Ministry of Public Health and Population of Yemen has released updated numbers of cholera cases in the country. Since the last update on 27 April, 23 425 new suspected cases of cholera and 242 related deaths (case-fatality rate 1.1%) have been reported, mainly from Amran, Hajjah and Sana’a governorates and Sana’a city.