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16 Oct 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS

• Health agencies record nearly 772,000 suspected cholera cases and 2,132 related deaths as of September 30

• Approximately 1.5 million civil servants have not received consistent salary payments since September 2016

• Bureaucratic obstructions, insecurity, and lack of humanitarian access continue to constrain response efforts

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

16 Oct 2017 description
report UN Population Fund

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MONTH

Yemen enters the third year of armed conflict with no clear end in sight. The result ofthe crisis has left some 15 million people lacking adequate access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene, and health services; seven million people are faced with the threat of famine; further exacerbated by the largest singleyear cholera outbreak ever recorded.

16 Oct 2017 description

AUTHORS

Mathias Altmann
Miguel Suarez-Bustamante
Celine Soulier
Celine Lesavre
Caroline Antoine

ABSTRACT

Introduction: Although cases were reported only in 2010 and 2011, cholera is probably endemic in Yemen. In the context of a civil war, a cholera outbreak was declared in different parts of the country October 6th, 2016. This paper describes the ACF outbreak response in Hodeidah city from October 28th, 2016 to February 28th, 2017 in order to add knowledge to this large outbreak.

13 Oct 2017 description
report The Guardian

The cholera epidemic in Yemen has become the largest and fastest-spreading outbreak of the disease in modern history, with a million cases expected by the end of the year and at least 600,000 children likely to be affected.

The World Health Organization has reported more than 815,000 suspected cases of the disease in Yemen and 2,156 deaths. About 4,000 suspected cases are being reported daily, more than half of which are among children under 18. Children under five account for a quarter of all cases.

13 Oct 2017 description
report Save the Children

Media Contact
Erin Taylor 267.250.8829 (M)

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (Oct. 12, 2017) — Yemen’s cholera outbreak will reach more than a million cases by Christmas at current rates, including at least 600,000 children, Save the Children is warning.

The epidemic has already spread faster than any outbreak of cholera since modern records began – and is now the largest in recent history.

12 Oct 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/13027

SECURITY COUNCIL
8069TH MEETING (PM)

Sounding the alarm on famine exacerbated by conflict, Secretary-General António Guterres urged the international community to step up efforts to end violence, ensure humanitarian assistance and foster long-term development in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, Yemen and other areas of instability-rooted starvation.

12 Oct 2017 description

Current Major Event

Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens Laboratory Network in WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region

The WHO's Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean (EMRO) has progressed towards establishing an Emerging and Dangerous Pathogens Laboratory Network (EDPLN). The main purpose of the network is to enhance laboratory diagnostic capacity of Regional laboratories and to timely respond to health emergencies in the Region.

11 Oct 2017 description

HIGHLIGHTS HEALTH CLUSTER

• Health Cluster partners continue to provide health services to the people of Yemen, supporting 485 health facilities and mobile medical teams, paying incentives to health workers and supporting the local health authorities.

• A cumulative total of 615,037 suspected cholera cases and 2,050 associated deaths have been reported across the country between 27 April and 31 August. The case-fatality rate has dropped to 0.33%.

• Health Cluster partners are operational in 22 Governorates in Yemen.

11 Oct 2017 description
report World Bank

The violent conflict in Yemen has caused a dramatic deterioration of the economic and social conditions in the country. Output has contracted sharply. FAO estimates that over 7 million people are at risk of famine in 2017, and cholera outbreaks are ravaging the country with nearly 450,000 suspected cases having resulted in nearly 2,000 deaths per end of August.

Recent Developments

11 Oct 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

20.7 million people in need

1,980,510 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

84 per cent of IDPs displaced for more than a year

946,044 IDP returnees

931,846 recipients of core relief items since March 2015

280,623 refugees and asylum seekers

Funding

USD 114.6 M requested in 2017

Operational Update

10 Oct 2017 description

i. Background

The climate in Yemen varies greatly depending on the geographical region. During the winter season, the country experiences coolness, with frequent frost. The range of temperature can go from 22°C (72°F) during the highest temperature in winter, into below 0°C (32.0 °F) at its coldest. Rain is brought in by the southwest winds. Rainfall, which comes in irregular heavy torrents, averages 130 millimetres (5.12 in) annually.

10 Oct 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/13021

Security Council 8066th Meeting (AM)

With parties to the conflict in Yemen pursuing a futile and cruel military conflict of benefit only to a few of the powerful, millions of citizens were enduring the worst suffering in the nation’s history, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for that country told the Security Council today.

10 Oct 2017 description

Two and a half years of war have sapped Yemen of the money and medical facilities it needs to battle the contagion

By Abduljabbar Zeyad

HODEIDAH, Yemen, Oct 9 (Reuters) - One of the latest victims of the cholera epidemic that has killed more than 2,000 people in Yemen had yet to even take her first breath.

Read more on Reuters.

10 Oct 2017 description
report Kuwait News Agency

RIYADH, Oct 9 (KUNA) -- The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) Supervisor General Dr. Samer Al-Jelati announced that the center has successful treated 740,000 out of the 750,000 cholera-infected Yemenis.

The patients have recovered and the remaining 10,000 are receiving treatment now, Al-Jelati told reporters in a press conference held in Riyadh Monday about the center's activities in Yemen.

09 Oct 2017 description

KEY FIGURES

20.7 million people in need

1,980,510 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

84 percent of IDPs displaced for more than a year

946,044 IDP returnees

931,846 recipients of CRIs since March 2015

280,623 refugees and asylum seekers

Funding

USD 114.6 M requested in 2017

Operational Update

09 Oct 2017 description

Against a backdrop of hostilities and access challenges, UNHCR continued to assist and support refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced persons during September.

Missions took place across Yemen, responding to an increase in protection and shelter needs of IDP families, 84% of whom have been displaced for over one year.

The first UNHCR-assisted return movement for Somali refugees in Yemen to Somalia took place in September.

FACTS AND FIGURES

20.7 million people in need

08 Oct 2017 description
report Save the Children

Context Update

20.7 million people (including 11.3 million children) within Yemen are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection.

Yemen is experiencing a second wave cholera/acute watery diarrhoea (AWD) outbreak, with a significantly higher level of spread. The number of suspected cases has increased dramatically and the outbreak has now expanded to 22 out of 23 governorates. There have been 663,451 suspected cases of cholera and 2,074 related deaths in 22 governorates across the country.

06 Oct 2017 description

3 DE OCTUBRE 2017 | GINEBRA - Mañana, el Grupo Especial Mundial de Lucha contra el Cólera (GEMLC) presentará una ambiciosa estrategia para reducir las muertes por cólera en un 90% de aquí a 2030. El GEMLC es una red que presta apoyo a los países afectados por la enfermedad y en la que participan más de 50 organismos internacionales de las Naciones Unidas, instituciones académicas y ONG.

06 Oct 2017 description

Background

The Global Early Warning – Early Action (EWEA) report on food security and agriculture is developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The report is part of FAO’s EWEA system, which aims to translate forecasts and early warnings into anticipatory action.