Bureaucratic obstructions, insecurity, and lack of humanitarian access continue to constrain response efforts
Health actors record more than 900,000 suspected cholera cases and 2,188 related deaths as of November 3
Nearly 80 percent of Yemeni children lack access to education due to the effects of prolonged conflict
UN Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) Mark Lowcock traveled to Yemen from October 23–27 to meet with Republic of Yemen Government (RoYG) officials in the city of Aden and Al Houthi officials in the capital city of Sana’a.
ERC Lowcock encouraged greater coordination of humanitarian activities and urged parties to the conflict to ameliorate Yemen’s challenging operational environment, particularly bureaucratic impediments and disruptions to humanitarian operations.
Health organizations recorded nearly 111,000 suspected cholera cases and 47 related deaths during the month of October, contributing to a total of 900,000 suspected cholera cases and 2,188 related deaths between April 27 and November 3, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO).
USAID/FFP partner the UN World Food Program (WFP) provided emergency food assistance to approximately 7 million people in Yemen in October.
On October 29, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) hosted the High-Level Meeting to Review Humanitarian Action Mechanisms in Yemen, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. USAID Counselor Thomas H. Staal attended the meeting, along with representatives from RoYG, KSA, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), and UK Department for International Development (DFID). Donors and UN agencies focused on the severity of the crisis and the need for increased support for the humanitarian response, strengthened coordination, and access to populations in need.
On October 24, U.S. Ambassador Matthew H. Tueller re-declared a disaster for the complex emergency in Yemen for FY 2018 due to continued humanitarian needs and the impact of the country’s political and economic crises on vulnerable populations.