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Yemen - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #15, Fiscal Year (FY) 2017

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cholera outbreak exceeds 629,000 suspected cases as of September 7

  • Bureaucratic impediments and insecurity-related access constraints hinder humanitarian response throughout Yemen

  • USAID/FFP partner WFP reaches more than 7 million people with emergency food assistance in August

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

  • As of September 7, health agencies had recorded more than 629,000 suspected cholera cases and 2,061 related deaths since the outbreak resurged in late April, according to USAID/OFDA partner the UN World Health Organization (WHO). While the number of weekly cholera cases in Yemen declined between early July and mid-August, WHO reported a slight increase in the total number of weekly cases during the weeks of August 14 and August 21—the first increase in approximately six weeks.

  • In an August 9 statement, a coalition of international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) noted that the yearlong closure of Sana’a International Airport—Yemen’s principal airport—by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)-led Coalition has prevented people in Yemen from seeking medical treatment overseas, resulting in thousands of deaths from treatable illnesses.

  • Between March 2015 and August 30, 2017, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) recorded at least 13,800 civilian casualties, including more than 5,100 civilian deaths and 8,700 injuries; OHCHR noted that because access to affected populations and data collection is limited, the number of casualties is likely higher.

  • USAID/FFP partner the UN World Food Program (WFP) provided general food assistance, including in-kind food distributions and food vouchers, to more than 7 million people in August, which is the highest monthly total of people reached with emergency food assistance in Yemen to date in 2017.