WFP Yemen Situation Report #35, 1 - 15 August 2017



  • On 14 August, suspected cholera cases in Yemen surpassed 500,000 in 22 governorates and 298 districts. To support the cholera response, during this period, WFP supported the National and governorate level Emergency Operations Centre through supply chain management and IT upgrades and through increasing storage capacities for cholera response and relief items and construction/rehabilitation of Diarrheal Treatment Centres (DTCs) and launching an air-bridge operation from Djibouti to Yemen using an AN12 aircraft.

  • WFP has a 6-month shortfall (Sept ‘17-Feb ‘18) of USD 391 million and a funding gap of USD 21 million for implementing full rations– as per the EMOP plan- to all beneficiaries in August. As a result, WFP is targeting 3.4 million people with full rations and 3.6 million people with reduced rations of 60 percent of daily Kcal.

  • On the 10 August 80,000 liters of jet A1 fuel arrived to Sana’a airport, enabling UNHAS flights between Amman and Sanaa to forgo the contingency plan of refueling in Djibouti– implemented between the 12 July and 12 August– and resume the Amman-Sana’a-Amman flights without interruptions. To ensure the continuation of UNHAS flights, WFP is working with concerned authorities in Aden to establish arrangements to ensure regular delivery of this aviation fuel. Currently over 60 humanitarian agencies in Yemen depend on UNHAS services and with no commercial flights into Sana’a, this service is a critically important life-line.

Situation Update

  • During this reporting period conflict-related civilian deaths and injuries were reported in the governorates of Taizz and Sa’ada. In addition, according to the August 2017 Protection Cluster update, through the first half of 2017 the number of reported airstrikes in Yemen has already exceeded the total for 2016 and the pace of reported armed clashes is 56 percent higher per month in 2017 compared to 2016. With this augmentation of insecurity, WFP Executive Director (ED) David Beasley, UNICEF ED Anthony Lake and WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom released a joint article calling on the international community to help put an end to the suffering by bringing an end to the conflict.

  • WFP is extremely grateful for all confirmed donor support this year but would highlight that an additional USD 391 million is urgently needed for the six month period (Sep 2017-Feb 2018) to avert a pipeline break for commodity voucher activities and for non-cereals in November 2017 and a partial pipeline break for wheat starting January 2018.

  • On 02 August Save the Children reported that 1 million malnourished children are living in cholera-infected areas. To facilitate a CMAM scale -up for preventing and treating moderate malnutrition, WFP is in the process of gradually scaling up specialized nutritious food provisions to 1.83 million people. This includes 990,000 moderately acutely malnourished children between six months and five years along with 840,000 nursing and pregnant mothers. In addition, WFP and UNICEF will screen children under 5 years of age as part of the national polio campaign.