Oxfam Yemen Situation Report #37, 15 February 2017

Situation Report
Originally published


Humanitarian Context

  • The current level of hunger in Yemen is unprecedented with the number of food insecure people rising by three million in seven months. Nationwide, 65% of Yemeni households now estimated to be food insecure (of which nearly 30% severely), compared to 41% during pre‐ crisis period (2014). About 7.3 million people are anticipated to require emergency food assistance. Total food insecure population estimated to be over 17 million.

  • As of 31 January 2017, a cumulative number of 18,848 AWD/Cholera cases and 99 deaths (CFR 0.5%) were re‐ported in 165 districts. Of these 9192 (49%) are women, while 6,335 (34%) are children below 5 years. Oxfam continues to deliver hygiene kits in key areas including Aden and Taiz and has a number of related projects including clearance of solid waste as well as Aden Local Water and Sanitation Corporation (LWSC) in the rehabilitation of sewerage system.

  • The impact of the ongoing conflict‐induced crisis has been devastating for the country, aggravating an already deteriorating pre‐conflict economic performance with serious impacts on food imports, transportation network and market supply, and hence on prices of both imported staples and locally produced commodities. This pushes up prices and is having a critical effect on the ability to access basic needs, especially when coupled with failure to pay the salaries of civil servants and the challenges of Yemen’s Central Bank following the move to Aden.