Yemen is currently facing a cholera epidemic of unprecedented scale and on May 14, 2017, the Yemen Ministry of Public Health and Population (MoPHP) in Sana’a officially declared a state of emergency. According to WHO and UNICEF, here have already been over 250,000 suspected cases and the disease has spread to nearly every governorate. The outbreak is taking place against the backdrop of a major humanitarian crisis, with less than 45 per cent of all health facilities fully functional, 8 million people lacking access to safe drinking water and sanitation, and acute food insecurity and malnutrition across the region. – Source: OCHA
The ongoing conflict in Yemen makes access extremely difficult both for humanitarian staff and relief goods. As the cholera outbreak adds to the scale of the response, the Logistics Cluster is in the process of augmenting its capacity to ensure the additional logistics requirements can be met quickly and efficiently.
CERF funds have already been allocated for Logistics Cluster support to the cholera response and a budget revision has been requested for Special Operation 200841 to meet the new requirements. Partner organisations have been asked to share their pipeline information, in particular for cold chain and temperature controlled items, to ensure that the logistics response is tailored to meet partners’ needs.
Based on the needs expressed and identified by partners, the Logistics Cluster aims to facilitate access to sufficient and reliable logistics services, coordination, and operationally relevant information to ensure a timely and uninterrupted supply of life-saving relief items to affected populations.
Cholera Response Plan
Many of the following actions are already underway and further initiatives can be added according to expressed need and budget availability.