Yemen - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #11, Fiscal Year (FY) 2017
Yemen’s cholera caseload continues to increase rapidly, with more than 140,000 suspected cases and 989 related deaths in 20 governorates since late April
Approximately one-half of all cholera cases are among children 15 years of age and younger
The UN again emphasizes the need for Al Hudaydah Port to remain open due to concern for future imports
The surge in suspected cholera cases in Yemen continues, with a cumulative caseload of more than 140,000 new suspected cases and 989 associated deaths reported in 20 governorates between April 27 and June 14, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO). Al Hudaydah, Amanat Al Asimah, Amran, and Hajjah governorates are the most-affected, with more than 69,300 suspected cases; however, Raymah and Ibb governorates have experienced the highest case fatality rates at 1.6 and 1.3 percent, respectively. WHO reports that children 15 years of age and younger comprise approximately one-half of all suspected cholera cases, while adults 60 years of age and older represent more than 30 percent of fatalities.
Local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and UN agencies continue to scale up cholera prevention and treatment efforts in coordination with local health care personnel and other stakeholders in affected governorates. To curb cholera transmission, relief actors are implementing water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) activities, including conducting bulk chlorination of water sources and water storage facilities. International stakeholders continue to provide cholera treatment supplies, such as intravenous fluids, to support cholera treatment centers and other health facilities.
In response to persistent fighting in central and western Yemen in recent weeks, UN leadership has advocated for immediate action by the international community to ensure humanitarian access, payment of government employee salaries, and protection of civilians and medical staff. Given the protracted crisis, the UN has also underscored the importance of a coordinated response involving humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding stakeholders.