Yemen

Yemen Conflict - ETC Situation Report #18 (Reporting Period: 01/07/2017 to 31/08/2017)

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• Following a Service Level Agreement between the World Health Organization (WHO) and, the World Food Programme (WFP), the Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) team on the ground is given the responsibility of setting up 26x Emergency Operations Centres (EOCs) across the country in response to cholera outbreak.

• The ETC is assessing the technical and operational status of the telecommunications equipment deployed at the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) Communications Centres (COMCENs) in Yemen.

Situation Overview

The cholera outbreak in Yemen has claimed almost 2,000 lives in less than four months and more than 5,000 people are falling ill every day with symptoms of Acute Watery Diarrhea/cholera. All governorates have been affected, except Socotra.

More than two years of conflict have severely degraded sanitation systems, health services and other public institutions. More than half of all health facilities have closed or are only partially functional, leaving 14.8 million people without adequate access to healthcare. Some 15.7 million people can no longer access clean water and sanitation because infrastructure is disrupted or damaged.

The outbreak is currently the worst in the world. It has significantly worsened what was already one of the world’s largest humanitarian crisis: more than 60 per cent of the population are facing the threat of food insecurity, seven million people are severely food insecure and two million children are acutely malnourished.