Oxfam Yemen Situation Report #44, 31 May 2017

Report
from Oxfam
Published on 31 May 2017

Humanitarian update:

  • Cholera is another calamity for Yemenis, Yemen reports some 2000 cholera cases or suspected cases daily since the start of the second wave of cholera which started from 27 April and resulted in 65,357 suspected cases cumulatively with 532 associated deaths as of 30 May, and WHO estimates that 7.6 million people live in areas at high risk of cholera transmission. UNFPA stated that cholera outbreak threatens the lives of 1.1 million malnourished pregnant women . The UN HC for Yemen, Jamie McGoldrick put a statement highlighting the serious surge and the dire need for funding to encounter the cholera and he called on UN Member States to help by providing new funds and by ensuring that all pledged funds are made effective without delay. In response to the cholera outbreak, Oxfam is implementing a number of activities to contain and treat cholera such as PHP awareness sessions and campaigns, provision of clean water, treatment and disinfection of water wells, and provision of hygiene kits.

  • The pro-Houthi government has started to pay the civil servants salaries in cash and food vouchers and they will pay April’s salary and then will pay the previous months. The salary will be paid 20% in cash, 50% food vouchers and 30% to be deposited on the servant’s account at the post office .

Advocacy update:

  • Oxfam and 21 NGOs signed an open letter to the UNSC calling on UN Security Council members to take action to bring about an immediate ceasefire in Yemen, end the humanitarian crisis and support the UN Special Envoy's efforts towards an inclusive political solution to the conflict.

Field Program Activities

HAJJAH AND AL HUDAYDAH GOVERNOREATES

BENEFICIARIES ASSISTED: 623,448

DISTRICTS: AZ Zuhrah, Al Sukhnah, Hays, Al khokha (Al Hudaydah), Abs, Haradh, Hayran (Hajjah)

Food Security

During the reporting period, we started the mobilization process in targeted villages in Matwalah and Al-Bataria sub-districts under DRA Project and we selected 4 Program Operation Committees (POCs) with 50% of women representation. Meanwhile, W4 Program Monitoring Committees (PMCs) through election by community in targeted villages where 760 people participated in the election of program committees whose members were given one day training on their main roles and responsibilities. Also, we completed the registration process for 317 HHs as first round of YJR3.

In Alhoukha district in Hodeida Governorate, Almostaqba Association completed the registration and verification of 268 HHs from the most affected people who were displaced from Mocha. The distribution is scheduled to take place on the first week of June 2017.

WASH

Public Health Promotion (PHP):

Cholera response: We conducted tests of water quality in three ice factories and four water treatment stations in Abs. 90 m3 of treated water has been provided to AWD/Cholera affected cases in CTC established in Abs. The PHP team organized 916 awareness sessions and campaigns with support of 227 trained CHVs in the target areas in Abs with total participants of 13,229 HHs in Abs, Shafar, Bani Hassan, Albatariah and Almatain and we trained 79 CHVs (65 male, 14 female) from Aflah Alyaman on cholera response and prevention including chlorination methods, roles and responsibilities of community volunteers in integration with gender and protection.

Oxfam’s response to flood affected HHs in Abs: In response to the heavy rain and flood took place in Abs, Oxfam has conducted a joint assessment with OCHA partner registering and verifying 347 IDPs HHs in Bani Hassan camp. We provided 267 HHs (248 male, 19 female) with a kit of shelter and WASH items (2 plastic sheets 6 X 4 double sides tarpaulin sheet, 1 Powder soap 2.5kg, 1 Bucket 14 Liter, 5 Antibacterial Soap 70 gm, 1 towel size 60*30 cm). It is planned to complete the remaining beneficiaries this week.