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04 Sep 2018 description

As the Yemeni riyal plummets to its lowest value in history, millions of people already struggling to survive reach tipping point.

The Yemeni riyal was exchanging at 630 to the US dollar in Yemen’s southern city of Aden yesterday, up from 425 in January, and less than 250 at the beginning of the conflict. The depreciation of Yemen’s currency corresponds with dramatic price hikes on basic commodities, leaving millions of people unable buy enough food to meet their daily needs.

03 Sep 2018 description
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SANA’A, 3 September 2018 – The World Health Organization (WHO) airlifted, through several shipments in August, over 500 tons of essential medicines and medical supplies to Sana’a airport, to be distributed to affected governorates including Aden and southern governorates.

Life-saving cargo

02 Sep 2018 description

KEY ISSUES

• Humanitarian partners are preparing to respond to a possible third wave of cholera as the number of suspected cases increase across Yemen.

• Violence continues in Al Hudaydah and Hajjah governorates with dozens of civilians killed by airstrikes, shelling and clashes in several districts.

• At least 21 children (13 boys; 8 girls) were killed and 82 (51 boys; 31 girls) injured during the conflict in July. Four schools and one hospital were attacked.

01 Sep 2018 description

Key Messages

  • Large populations in Yemen continue to face Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or Emergency (IPC Phase 4) levels of acute food insecurity. In a worst-case scenario, significant declines in commercial imports and conflict that cuts populations off from trade and humanitarian assistance for an extended period of time could drive food security outcomes in line with Famine (IPC Phase 5).

31 Aug 2018 description
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• UNICEF Yemen has supported the first round of an oral cholera vaccination campaign in five districts in the northern governorates of al Hudaydah and Ibb to protect an additional 540,595 people (over 1 years of age) against Cholera. This follows the first campaign held in five districts in Aden in May. In total 387,390 (69 per cent) persons have been vaccinated against the total target of 561,002 people.

28 Aug 2018 description

British aid experts are working with the Met office, to help prevent major outbreaks of cholera and save lives in war-torn Yemen.

Aid experts at the Department for International Development (DFID) have teamed up with the Met Office, NASA and US scientists to use for the first time a world-leading approach to accurately predict where and when cholera will spread.

28 Aug 2018 description
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Yemen: United Nations Experts point to possible war crimes by parties to the conflict

Geneva (28 August 2018) – Information documented by the Group of Regional and International Eminent Experts on Yemen strongly suggests that parties to the armed conflict have perpetrated, and continue to perpetrate, violations and crimes under international law.

23 Aug 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund
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Highlights

• The fighting that erupted in areas in and around Al Hudaydah in May 2018 has continued into July leading to the displacement of 47,230 households as at 24 July. UNICEF continues its emergency WASH response to displaced communities in al Hudaydah and surrounding areas.

• Following the Oral Cholera Vaccine (OCV) vaccination campaign in south Yemen in May, UNICEF Yemen has commenced preparation of a new campaign in the north of Yemen (scheduled for August) to protect an additional 540,595 people (over 1 years of age).

19 Aug 2018 description

Current major event

HLIP I in EMR countries

From 2014 to 2017, seven countries in the Eastern Mediterranean Region of WHO benefited from the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework - Partnership Contribution (PC) to enhance their surveillance and laboratory capacities using the High-level Partnership Contribution Implementation Plan I (HLIP I) 2013-2016.

Editorial note

19 Aug 2018 description

KEY ISSUES:

• Fighting is going on in Ad Durayhimi District, south of Al Hudaydah City, with a high number of casualties.
Families are trapped by shelling and airstrikes; ambulances are unable to enter the city.

• Over 50,800 households have been displaced from Al Hudaydah Governorate, of whom 50,100 (98 per cent) have received rapid response assistance including hygiene kits, transit kits and food rations.

19 Aug 2018 description

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GOARN and outbreak response in EMR

The Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) convened its 23rd steering committee meeting in New York, 20-21 June 2018. The aim of the meeting was to review recent deployments, activities and overall achievements of the network since it was established.

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17 Aug 2018 description

Lara Palmisano

Throughout 2017, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) supported relief operations in 36 countries to ensure delivery of urgent aid to millions of people in desperate need.

CERF’s 2017 Annual Report, launched today, provides a detailed account of how, during the year, CERF and its partners ensured strategic use of almost $420 million in donor contributions to deliver the highest priority aid, where and when it was need the most.

17 Aug 2018 description
report Islamic Relief

Almost three million people living in some of the most remote and dangerous areas of the world will be receiving meat as part of Islamic Relief’s Qurbani distributions, during the Eid Festival.

The international humanitarian and development organisation is distributing quality Qurbani meat in 35 countries across the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe, during Eid al-Adha, which this year is celebrated between 21-23 August.

11 Aug 2018 description

Cluster Overview

3.1 million people have been reached with health assistance out of 12.3 million people targeted. Ten million people live in 100 districts prioritized for cholera response. The provision of health assistance continues to be challenged by the fact that only 50 per cent of health facilities are fully functional and the non-payments of salaries to health staff.

11 Aug 2018 description
report British Red Cross

“Here our job is human. I can’t leave it, I can’t stop.”

Dr Anisa, a doctor with British Red Cross partner the Yemen Red Crescent, speaks from a battered clinic in Sana’a, Yemen.

Once, she was a hospital specialist. The clinic was a thriving health centre for mothers and babies.

But now, Yemen is caught up in deadly conflict. Dr Anisa is now a GP working in one of the only clinics where people can get free healthcare. Patients travel for hours to see her every day.

Like many doctors in Yemen, she hasn’t been paid in two years.

10 Aug 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Airstrikes and insecurity result in civilian deaths, infrastructure damage, and service disruptions

  • Relief agencies provide humanitarian assistance to more than 283,000 Al Hudaydah IDPs

  • Health actors commence a cholera vaccination campaign targeting 578,000 people in Al Hudaydah and Ibb governorates

KEY DEVELOPMENTS