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31 Jan 2019 description
report Save the Children

Half a million children displaced by fighting in Hodeidah in just six months

SANAA, 31 January 2019 – At least one in ten children across Yemen (1.5 million) have been forced from their homes because of the four-year-long brutal war, exposing them to serious risks including hunger, disease and violence, warns Save the Children.

29 Jan 2019 description
report UN Children's Fund

The conflict-driven humanitarian crisis in Yemen has been described as the largest emergency in the world, with more than 22 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. Conflict has led to the internal displacement of 2.2 million people, left over 1 million public sector workers without pay for two years and undermined humanitarian access. An estimated 12 million Yemenis, including 2 million children, will be dependent on food assistance in 2019.

27 Jan 2019 description
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Today, we continue to remind the world of forgotten diseases, lives lost and the consequences of lifelong injuries.

In Yemen, we have treated almost 92,000 patients since 2015, while in Gaza, we have provided specialist care to more than 3,000 patients with gunshot wounds as a result of the Great March of Return protests.
Whether through missing limbs or emotional scars, these patients will have to live with lifelong consequences that are often overlooked.

17 Jan 2019 description

World's largest food security emergency continues as conflict enters its fifth year


06 Jan 2019 description

Current major event

One health framework in Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR)

On 12th December 2018, an expert meeting on one health framework for action on emerging zoonotic infections was held in Amman, Jordan. The meeting, organized by the World Health Organization Regional Office for Eastern Mediterranean (WHO EMRO), reviewed the framework in the light of improving efficient and coordinated multisectoral “one health” approach among human health, animal and environment sectors to prevent, detect and respond to emerging zoonotic infection.

30 Dec 2018 description

Current major event

Disease outbreaks in Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR), January to December 2018

A total of 10 outbreaks were reported in the countries of WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) during January to December 2018. Some of these outbreaks have reported in the previous year and not been contained.

Editorial note

23 Dec 2018 description

Current major event

Hepatitis A outbreak in Northern Aleppo

The Ministry of Health of Syria has reported a cluster of acute jaundice syndrome cases in the northwest area of Aleppo. Laboratory tests performed in WHO’s reference laboratory at American University of Beirut identified hepatitis A virus (HAV) as the causative organism of these acute jaundice cases.

Editorial note

19 Dec 2018 description

Current major event

Multidrug-resistant typhoid fever in Pakistan

Since November 2016, there has been an increase in the number of cases of multidrug-resistant Salmonella Typhoid (MDR S. Typhi) fever in Pakistan. Up to epiweek 48 of 2018 a total of 5,174 cases of MDR S. Typhi have been reported from different districts of Sindh province (please see table) in Pakistan.

Editorial note

06 Dec 2018 description

Current major event

Transition from EWARN to routine surveillance

A three days workshop was conducted in Damascus, Syria from 8-10 August 2018 to disseminate findings of Early Warning Alert and Response Network (EWARN) evaluation in Syria. Participants included Ministry of Health (MOH) staff and technical EWARN officers. During this workshop the question of how and when to transition from EWARN to routine surveillance was examined.

Editorial note

06 Dec 2018 description
report British Red Cross

Lorraine Marulanda, Head of the Middle East and North Africa for the British Red Cross, said: "We welcome the international efforts taking place to work towards a lasting political solution for Yemen. We hope that these efforts will ensure a long-term cessation of hostilities and the opening up of humanitarian access.

05 Dec 2018 description


  • Protracted conflict and economic decline in 2018 contribute to increased food insecurity in Yemen

  • IOM evacuates nearly 420 Ethiopian migrants from Yemen in the organization’s largest repatriation from Yemen to date

  • WFP provides food vouchers to 210,000 people in Al Hudaydah city during temporary pause in hostilities in mid-November


27 Nov 2018 description

Current major event

Chikungunya update: Sudan

Sudan has had a major outbreak of Chikungunya since July 2018. A total of 20,110 cases have been reported since the outbreak began. No new cases of the disease were reported during the week ending 11th November 2018.

Editorial note

12 Nov 2018 description

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, responds to emergencies in some of the world’s poorest countries, delivering lifesaving sexual and reproductive health supplies and services to protect the rights, safety and dignity of women and young people affected by crises. In 2017, UNFPA reached 16 million people in 58 countries with humanitarian assistance, including 10.8 million people reached with sexual and reproductive health services and 3.9 million people reached with gender-based violence (GBV) services. In the last decade, UNFPA’s humanitarian activities have grown exponentially.

07 Nov 2018 description

During the period of January - June, CSSW carried out a number of disease control activities, such as cholera, diarrhea, diphtheria, dengue fever, malaria, measles and other fever diseases. The target areas were the districts of Sala, al-Mazaffar, and al-Qahira in Taiz Governorate, the districts of Dar Sa’d, al-Mualla, and Shaikh Othman in Aden Governorate, and the districts of Zunjubar, Khanfar and Lawdar in Abyan Governorate.

04 Nov 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund

This is a summary of what was said by Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press conference in Amman, following his visit to Yemen.

26 Oct 2018 description
report Oxfam

One civilian has been killed every three hours in fighting in Yemen since the beginning of August, with many more people succumbing to disease and hunger, Oxfam said today. The Saudi-led coalition and the internationally recognised government are battling with the Houthis to control key ports and cities in the country.

21 Oct 2018 description

Current major event

EWARN in humanitarian emergencies

As many as seven countries– Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Syria in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region have established an early warning system for disease outbreaks with a view to early detecting and rapidly investigating any public health event of potential concern. Such a system, in the absence of a routine disease surveillance system, needs continuous monitoring and assessment using a set of performance benchmarks.

Editorial note

18 Oct 2018 description

Gisela Vallès is medical team leader at the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Abs, the capital of the district of the same name in northern Yemen.

Increased fighting in the region in recent weeks is causing new waves of displacement.

In this interview, Gisela explains the challenges and obstacles her team face in providing assistance to the displaced groups and host communities.

How is the conflict affecting people in the district of Abs?

08 Oct 2018 description

Situation update:

Conflict and port status: During September, parts of Al-Hudaydah governorate witnessed sporadic ground fighting, intensive airstrikes and shelling, especially in Kilo 16 and Kilo 10 areas. The road connecting Sana’a and Al-Hudaydah is blocked due to severe fighting and people have to use a longer road to reach Al-Hudaydah City through the Bajil-Al-Dhahi road.