Conflict results in more than 10,000 civilian deaths and 40,000 injuries since March 2015
WHO reports more than 17,300 suspected cholera cases and 99 cholera-associated deaths; relief agencies continue response efforts
Food and fuel prices remain stable but elevated in December 2016
The Republic of Yemen Government (RoYG) and USAID/OFDA partner the UN World Health Organization (WHO) report more than 17,300 suspected cholera cases and 99 related deaths between October 2016—when the outbreak was first confirmed—and January 23. The Cholera Task Force—comprising WHO, the RoYG Ministry of Public Health and Population, relief agencies, and other health stakeholders—continues to coordinate cholera surveillance, treatment, and prevention activities; however, WHO notes that poor access to health care services and ongoing insecurity are compromising response activities.
While food and fuel prices have recently stabilized, USAID/FFP partner the UN World Food Program (WFP) reports that prices remained elevated compared to pre-crisis levels and that the availability of food and fuel commodities deteriorated during the month. In response, WFP and other members of the Food Security and Agriculture Cluster—the coordinating body for humanitarian food security and agriculture activities, comprising UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders—provided emergency food assistance to approximately 4.2 million people in December 2016.
On January 17, the U.S. Government (USG) announced an additional $76 million to respond to humanitarian needs in Yemen, bringing total USG humanitarian assistance for the Yemen response to nearly $404 million since FY 2016. The newly announced assistance supports the provision of emergency food assistance and life-saving health and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services to conflict-affected people in Yemen, as well as support for vulnerable migrants in Yemen, Djibouti, and Ethiopia.