UN declares Yemen the largest cholera outbreak globally, with more than 297,400 new suspected cases and 1,706 related deaths as of July 7
The population in need of humanitarian assistance increased by nearly 2 million people between November 2016 and April 2017
USG announces nearly $192 million in new humanitarian funding to support critical relief efforts in Yemen
On July 10, U.S. President Donald J. Trump announced nearly $639 million in new humanitarian funding to support emergency response activities in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen—the four conflict-affected countries facing severe food insecurity and malnutrition crises—as well as neighboring countries hosting refugees fleeing those crises. The new funding includes nearly $192 million for Yemen, which brings the total U.S. Government (USG) humanitarian assistance in Yemen to more than $467.2 million to date in FY 2017. UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) plan to use the new assistance from USAID/OFDA, USAID/FFP, and State/PRM, to address Yemen’s deteriorating food security crisis and unprecedented cholera outbreak, primarily.
As of July 7, health agencies had recorded more than 297,400 new suspected cholera cases and 1,706 associated deaths. The UN has declared Yemen’s cholera outbreak the largest in the world. USG partners are coordinating with local authorities and other relief agencies to scale up health, nutrition, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) activities countrywide under the UN Integrated Cholera Response Plan.
As of April 2017, more than 75 percent of Yemen’s population, or 20.7 million people, were in need of humanitarian assistance, an increase of approximately 2 million people since November 2016, according the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The UN agency cited amplified WASH needs, primarily driven by the renewed cholera outbreak, and worsening levels of food security as the main contributors to the increase in the number of people requiring assistance.