As of 01 April 2017, WFP Yemen has launched to its new Emergency Operation (EMOP 201068). The EMOP will target 9.1 million beneficiaries, including 1.9 million with nutrition support on a monthly basis. The EMOP will last one-year and has an operational cost of USD 1.2 billion (April 2017- March 2018).
Given the increasing food security needs and massive funding requirement of USD 1.2 bn, WFP is appealing for additional financial support to ensure that life-saving emergency food and nutrition assistance can be scaled up and sustained.
WFP is currently finalizing its contingency plan which includes two scenarios in the event that access to Al Hudaydah Port becomes restricted. WFP has been testing its land routes in during the past week to ensure the transport of food across country.
The EMOP follows an integrated and phased approach; with a multi-sector humanitarian assistance approach consisting of food security, nutrition, agriculture, livelihoods, WASH and health partners. WFP will target the most food insecure (6.8 million), provide nutrition support to 1.9 million people and will support refugees, whilst including a contingency component in the event of natural disaster and further displacement.
The Ministry of Public Health and Population in Yemen has released updated figures for the ongoing spread of Cholera.
Since the start of the outbreak in October 2016, a total of 23,506 suspected cases of Cholera, including 108 associated deaths, have been reported across throughout the country.
The UN rejected a request by the Saudi-led coalition to assume jurisdiction over Houthi-Saleh-controlled Al Hudaydah Port. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ spokesman, Farhan Haq, responded to the request stating that the major actors in Yemen cannot shift responsibility for the humanitarian crisis to others.
WFP is in the process of testing its two contingency plans should there be an access constraint at Al Hudaydah Port due an escalation of tension in the surrounding area. With 70 percent of imports for the country arriving through the port, any access constraint would have an immediate and negative impact on the delivery of humanitarian supplies across the country.