NEW YORK/GENEVA, 24 June 2017 – The rapidly spreading cholera outbreak in Yemen has exceeded 200,000 suspected cases, increasing at an average of 5,000 a day. We are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world.
In just two months, cholera has spread to almost every governorate of this war-torn country. Already more than 1,300 people have died – one quarter of them children – and the death toll is expected to rise.
A total of 1,979 AWD/cholera cases and 13 deaths (CFR-0.7%) were reported during week 24 from 48 districts in 16 regions. Of these, 337 cases (17%) were reported from Wadajir district in Banadir region.
There was a 19% decrease in the number of new AWD/cholera cases from 2,429 cases in week 23 to 1,979 cases in week 24. Deaths also decreased by 19% from 16 during week 23 to 13 during week 24.
This week, the Secretariat of the WHO EMT Initiative led the classification of 2 additional EMTs, adding to the global number of self-sufficient teams ready to be deployed to health emergencies.
The German teams, Johanniter International Assistance and Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund (ASB), are the first nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to join the directory of classified teams. Johanniter International Assistance is the first mobile EMT to be classified globally.
The EMT directory has 11 classified teams so far, and over 70 organizations working towards classification.
23 June 2017 – The World Health Organization (WHO) expresses deep thanks and appreciation to His Royal Highness, Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence for his generous initiative to fund cholera response activities in Yemen.
King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre in Saudi Arabia, has announced a donation of US $66.7 million to UNICEF, WHO and their partners to contain the outbreak of cholera in Yemen, in response to their urgent call for much needed funds.
Date of information: 22 June 2017
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WHO, UN Agencies, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and partners continue to support the Ministry of Health (MoH) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to rapidly investigate and respond to the outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Likati Health Zone, Bas Uele Province in the north-east of the country.
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This 10 day residential training programme for health professionals is focused on the analysis of health systems of countries affected by, or recovering from, protracted crises. It is organised jointly with the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Save the Children and the World Health Organisation (WHO).