Yemen: Dengue Outbreak - Dec 2019Ongoing
A significant increase in dengue cases was observed in the last three weeks of epidemiological reporting (Weeks 47,48,49) in the country and this was further confirmed on the 18th December during the Health Cluster meeting, with 22,003 cases and 60 deaths reported. Children below five years old are 11% of the total caseload and 30% of the total death cases. Dengue outbreaks have affected 174 of 333 total districts (54%) in 22 of 23 governorates of the country. The highest governorates with suspected dengue cases are from Hodeiadah, Taiz, Aden, Hajja and Lahj and death cases reported from Hudaidah, Aden, Hajja, Lahj, Shabwa, Marib and Rayma.1 Most reported cases are concentrated in urban areas. The number of affected governorates is likely to increase due to the collapse of the health system in Yemen, the poor water and hygiene condition in the most affected areas, additionally due to the ongoing complex and protracted conflict, with limited access to humanitarian support to the most vulnerable and affected populations. (IFRC, 26 Dec 2019)
Most read reports
- Save the Children: At least 78 children died of dengue related illness in Yemen. 14 Jan 2020
- OCHA: Yemen Humanitarian Update Covering 01 November - 18 December | Issue 13 [EN/AR]. 24 Dec 2019
- IFRC: Yemen: Dengue Fever Outbreak Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) (DREF n° MDRYE008). 3 Jan 2020
- UNICEF: UNICEF Yemen Country Office Humanitarian Situation Report (Reporting Period: 1 - 30 November 2019) [EN/AR]. 26 Dec 2019
- IHH: Aid to 11 thousand Yemenis. 11 Jan 2020
Save the children warns of an epidemic, as 52,000 suspected cases are recorded in the country.
Seventy-eight children under 16 have already died in the outbreak of Dengue related illness in Yemen[i], with more than 52,000 suspected cases being recorded across the country. Save the Children warned this could signal the start of an epidemic.
IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation delivered humanitarian aid to almost 11 thousand victims and deprived people in Yemen where the humanitarian crisis is continuing.
IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation is continuing its aid operations in Yemen where the humanitarian crisis has reach fatal dimensions. IHH delivered aid to 10.918 victims and deprived individuals in Yemen’s Hadhramaut , Marib and Al-Jawf regions. The operations carried out with a team of four people are as follows:
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
12.73 million people assisted in November
124,504 mt of general food assistance dispatched
USD 5.3 million cash-based transfers made. USD 19 million value of redeemed food vouchers
USD 559 million six months net funding requirements (January 2020 - June 2020)
SHABWA, 1st January, 2020 (WAM) -- The UAE, represented by the Zakat Fund and through its humanitarian arm, the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, has sent a medical aid shipment to combat a dengue fever epidemic in Bayhan District, Shabwa Governorate, in response to the calls of relevant authorities and Yemeni citizens.
Mohammed Salem Hady, Director of the Health and Population Office of Bayhan District, stated that the ERC responded promptly to the calls and provided the required medical supplies to combat dengue fever.
- 24.1 million people in need of humanitarian assistance*
- 3.65 million people internally displaced
- 20.1 million people are food insecure
*According to the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP)
• WFP provided general food assistance to 12.73 million Yemeni people in November. This is the highest number of people reached with general food assistance to date.
• WFP-led UNHAS established a new air route between Aden and Mukalla.
• According to the United Nations Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting, 7 children were killed, 29 children were injured, and 2 boys were recruited by parties to the conflict in November.
• In November, there have been 43,831 suspected Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD)/cholera cases and 12 associated deaths. Over 11,000 AWD/cholera cases, a quarter of the national caseload, were treated in 328 Oral Rehydration Centres (ORC) and 70 Diarrhoea Treatment Centres (DTC).
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Attacks on civilians in Sa'ada a cause for concern
• In October, 3 children were killed, 16 children were injured and 3 boys were recruited by various parties to the conflict.
• 59,297 suspected Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD)/cholera cases were identified and 50 associated deaths were recorded (0.08 case fatality rate) in October. UNICEF treated over 14,000 AWD/cholera suspected cases (one quarter of the national caseload).
• Due to fuel crisis, in Ibb, Dhamar and Al Mahwit, home to around 400,000 people, central water systems were forced to shut down completely.
MOCHA, 5th December, 2019 (WAM) -- The UAE dispatched a mobile clinic to combat the spread of dengue fever in Al Shadhliyah, Mocha District, in Yemen.
On its first day, the Emirates Red Crescent, ERC, clinic received 51 patients, including 12 with dengue fever while the others suffered from watery diarrhoea and respiratory diseases.
Salim Al Maradi, Head of Al Shadhliyah, said that dengue fever and acute watery diarrhoea are spreading quickly in their area and nearby communities.
- On 20 November, artillery shells hit Ar Raqw market in Monabbih, in Northern Sa’ada Governorate. There were 35 estimated causalities, with at least 10 civilians killed and others injured including at least one woman and one child. All casualties were reportedly African migrants. The injured have been transferred to various hospitals and health centres.
- Last week, 10 people died of dengue fever in Taiz Governorate. According to local health authorities, the toll is expected to increase.
• The conflict continues to intensify, sparking multiple frontline. An estimated 70,000 men, women and children have either lost their lives or suffered serious injuries as a result of the conflict.
• There are 156 recorded attacks on health facilities and incidents involving health care workers that have jeopardized our emergency response, endangering health facilities, health care workers, patients and the surrounding communities including civilian infrastructure – like water, sanitation and health.
- A seasonal spike in dengue has been reported, with more cases in 2019 than in previous years. There have been 14,540 suspected cases of dengue fever, with 79 associated deaths recorded since the beginning of the year. The increased reporting is also likely linked to an increased number of surveillance sites and improved case detection, definition and reporting.