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, logistics support is required to ensure humanitarian organisations responding to the crisis can deliver efficient and effective assistance to the affected population.
The Logistics Cluster facilitates access to common logistics services (temporary storage; air, sea and overland transport; fuel distribution), and ensures coordination and Information Management to maximise the use of available resources in-country, and avoid duplication of efforts.
Access to Common Services
From April through the end of June 2017, the Logistics Cluster facilitated overland transport of 489 mt/669 m3 of relief items inside Yemen.
During the same period, transport of 73 mt/494 m3 of humanitarian goods from Djibouti to Aden was facilitated on board of the WFP-chartered vessel VOS Apollo.
The Logistics Cluster has been coordinating access to combined chartered airlifts offered to the humanitarian community by WFP Aviation.
From 1 April to 30 June, 68 mt/194 m3of relief items were airlifted from Djibouti to Sana’a, on behalf of six organisations.
In the last three months, the Logistics Cluster facilitated storage for 731 mt/2,412 m3 of relief items, in three hubs of Sana’a, Hodeida and Aden.
In response to the devastating cholera epidemic that has swept across Yemen, the Logistics Cluster is in the process of augmenting its capacity to ensure the additional logistics requirements are met quickly and efficiently.
Along with the regular monthly airlifts, four additional airlifts dedicated to the cholera response are being made available to the humanitarian community. The first, on 19 June transported 23 mt/84 m3 of cholera supplies on behalf of MSF and Medecins du Monde. The second, planned for 12 July, will carry 139 mt of cargo on behalf of WHO, Save the Children International, UNICEF, World Relief Germany and Oxfam. The third rotation, planned for the end of July, will be for approximately 120 mt of WASH and cholera equipment on behalf of Oxfam, UNICEF, MSF, ACF, WHO and Partnership for Supply Chain Management.
As of 15 July, for an initial period of four months, a refrigerated container to provide cold chain transport from Djibouti to Aden is available on board the VOS Apollo.
A contract is in place to provide transport from Djibouti to Hodeida on dhows; 400 to 500 mt capacity is available for humanitarian responders upon request.
Five trucks are available for urgent transport (three in Aden and two in Sana’a), including a reefer in each location for cold chain transport. This capacity can be increased if required.
WFP is contracting a 5,000 m2 warehouse compound in Aden. Based on requirements from humanitarian organisations, the Logistics Cluster can potentially scale up in this location with mobile refrigerated containers for short term use.
To increase common storage capacity, an additional MSU will be established in Sana’a.