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UNICEF: 10 million Yemeni children need urgent help

Most children in Yemen lack medical care, adequate nutrition, fresh water, sanitation and education, UN body says. Jamie McGoldrick, the UN humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, said at a news conference that aid groups in Yemen have pulled resources from the fight against malnutrition to battle the cholera outbreak in the country, raising risk of famine as they struggle to find funds. "We`re trying to do our best, but it`s very much beyond what we can cope with," he said

July 6, 2017

Millions of Yemenis suffer from lack of food during Ramadan

Nearly 17 million people are facing hunger in war-torn Yemen as Muslims around the world observe the holy month of Ramadan. At the same time, more than two million children suffer from malnutrition in the country, and a child under the age of five dies every 10 minutes of preventable diseases, a UNICEF report said. Additionally, the country is facing a cholera outbreak with more than 29,000 people infected, according to the World Health Organization

May 29, 2017
Daily Sabah, AlJazeera

Child marriage soars in Yemen as famine looms: UN

Child marriage soars in Yemen as families struggle to feed their children amid a conflict that has left the country on the brink of famine, UNICEF said. Around 80% of all families in Yemen are in debt or are borrowing money to feed their children. Dowry payments are an additional incentive for poor parents to marry daughters off early and, as there is no minimum age for marriage, campaigners say girls sometimes as young as eight or nine are being married off

March 27, 2017

Saudi Arabia delaying aid to Yemen is 'killing children', warns Save the Children

Save the Children said ‘shipments of aid are being delayed for months, denying hundreds of thousands of people access to urgently needed medical aid.’ This year, the Saudi-led coalition has prevented three of the charity’s shipments of medical supplies from landing, forcing them to be re-routed and delaying their arrival by up to three months

March 1, 2017
The Independent

Preparedness, surveillance and response

Cholera kills one Yemeni every hour in a war the world ignores

The UN calls Yemen the greatest humanitarian crisis in the world, saying 7m people are now a step away from famine. There is not much reporting of this urgent story because Saudi Arabia makes it extremely difficult for journalists to enter the country. Riyadh controls the airspace, determining who comes and goes in Yemen. A senior UN official said the Saudis were blocking journalists to make sure only their version of the story emerged. “They don’t want it said that they are inflicting suffering on their fellow Arabs,” he said

July 30, 2017
The Times

Unpaid doctors and nurses fight largest cholera epidemic on record

Nurses and doctors have been working overtime in public hospitals — without pay — to keep pace with the cholera epidemic in Yemen, which has now infected an estimated 400,000 people across the country. On July 25, the World Health Organization said cholera`s spread is slowing in Yemen and may have reached its peak. But hundreds of thousands more Yemenis will likely be infected before the epidemic is over. The strain on medical staff in public hospitals will continue. Like tens of thousands of other Yemeni government employees, doctors and nurses have not seen a monthly pay check since September 2016

July 28, 2017
Public Radio International (PRI.org)

Yemen cholera epidemic slowing after infecting 400,000

Yemen`s cholera outbreak was set to hit 400,000 cases but there are signs the three-month-old epidemic is slowing, according to World Health Organization data. A dramatic fall over the past month in the number of people dying from the disease each day -- from about 30 to single figures -- suggests the WHO`s strategy of setting up a network of rehydration points to catch patients early is working

July 25, 2017

UN delegation visits Yemen amid cholera outbreak

A high-level United Nations delegation arrived in Yemen to visit areas held both by the government and the Houthi rebels across the crisis-hit country. The executive directors of the World Health Organisation, the UN Children`s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme visited the southern province of Aden, where the government is based, and the rebel-held capital Sanaa. UNICEF and WHO representatives declined to elaborate on the visit to the Arabian Peninsula country, where war, cholera and looming famine have killed thousands of people and displaced millions

July 24, 2017

Yemen cholera to spread with rains; Oxfam sees 600,000 cases

Yemen`s cholera outbreak is far from being controlled and may be further exacerbated by the rainy season, even if the rate of new cases appears to be slowing in some hotspots, the World Health Organisation said. Oxfam projected the number could rise to more than 600,000 cases, "the largest ever recorded in any country in a single year since records began", exceeding Haiti in 2011. The WHO has reported 368,207 suspected cases and 1,828 deaths in the Arabian Peninsula country since late April

July 21, 2017
Reuters, Deutsche Welle, AlJazeera, Cidrap

WHO warns of cholera risk at annual haj, praises Saudi preparedness

A cholera epidemic in Yemen, which has infected more than 332,000 people, could spread during the annual haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia in September, although Saudi authorities are well prepared, the World Health Organization said. The pilgrimage draws 2-4 million Muslims every year, including 1.5-2 million foreigners, raising the risk from diseases such as dengue, yellow fever, Zika virus and meningococcal disease as well as cholera

July 14, 2017
Reuters, geo.tv

U.N. slams warring parties in Yemen for fueling cholera outbreak

Top UN officials slammed the warring parties in Yemen and their international allies for fuelling an unprecedented deadly cholera outbreak, driving millions closer to famine and hindering humanitarian aid access. "Seven million people, including 2.3 million malnourished children - of whom 500,000 are severely malnourished under the age of five - are on the cusp of famine, vulnerable to disease and ultimately at risk of a slow and painful death," UN experts said

July 12, 2017

Cholera may accelerate famine in Yemen as resources shift: U.N.

Yemen`s growing cholera epidemic may accelerate looming famine, as limited resources are shifted away from malnutrition and other programs to try to contain the disease, the top U.N. aid official in the country said. The United Nations has received only a third of the $2.1 billion it sought to provide food to 12 million people facing famine in Yemen. Its $250 million funding appeal to combat cholera has yielded just $47 million. "As a result of that, organizations who are in areas where cholera has broken out have had to use resources that they would have otherwise programmed for something like food insecurity or malnutrition,” the UN added

July 11, 2017

U.N. Suspending Plan for Cholera Vaccination in Yemen

The United Nations said that it was suspending plans for a cholera vaccination campaign in Yemen — reversing a decision made a month ago — because the disease’s rampant spread and the ravages of war there would make such an effort ineffective. Plans for preventive vaccination were being “set aside” as obstacles in delivering vaccines in the middle of a conflict that has crippled the country’s health system are too great, and in addition, aid workers would be hampered accessing some areas threatened by the contagious disease

July 11, 2017
New York Times

Yemen cholera cases pass 300,000 mark, ICRC says

A 10-week cholera epidemic has now infected more than 300,000 people in Yemen, the International Committee of the Red Cross said, a health disaster on top of war, economic collapse and near-famine in the impoverished country. The World Health Organization has said there were 297,438 suspected cases and 1,706 deaths by July 7, but it did not publish a daily update on Sunday, when the 300,000 mark looked set to be reached. A WHO spokesman said the figures were still being analyzed by Yemen`s health ministry

July 10, 2017
July 11, 2017
The Independent
July 13, 2017
The Guardian

276,000 potential cholera cases in Yemen, WHO reports

The death toll continues to rise in Yemen, where a cholera outbreak has been spreading for months, according to the World Health Organization. There have been 275,987 suspected cholera cases and 1,634 deaths from the illness between April 27 and July 5. Children under the age of 15 make up 41% of these cases, and people older than 60 account for 33% of the deaths

July 6, 2017

Cholera cases up 10,000 as tons of medical supplies arrive

Since the beginning of the second wave of the cholera outbreak in Yemen (from 27 April to 2 July 2017), 262,650 suspected cholera cases, and 1,587 deaths have been reported in 21 of the country’s 23 governorates, and in 86% of the districts. The World Health Organization reported on a 403-ton shipment of medical supplies that arrived in Hodeida, Yemen recently

July 3, 2017
Outbreak News Today
July 5, 2017

Cholera vaccine faces major test in war-torn Yemen

Imagine a poor, war-ravaged country the size of Spain where more than 20 million people are threatened by a deadly disease that’s spreading fast from city to city. You have 1 million doses of a vaccine at your disposal. Who would you try to protect? On 15 June, a group managing the modest global reserve of cholera vaccine decided to dispatch 1 million doses to the country, about half of what it had in stock; vaccina¬tion is set to begin in early July. It will be one of the biggest tests yet for the vaccine. But where to deploy it is still under debate, says Dominique Legros, a cholera expert at the World Health Organization

June 28, 2017

Yemeni PM declares state of emergency over cholera outbreak

Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid Bin Daghr has declared a state of emergency in health sectors in the provinces of Abyan, Aden, Lahij, Dhale, and Shabwah. He also urged the rapid reporting of cases. Bin Daghr asked local authority leaders to be highly prepared to monitor and control cholera cases in hospitals and health centers in these provinces. The UN agency added that the decline in cholera cases should still be taken under consideration, as 1,400 have died in two months with nearly 219,000 suspected cases

June 28, 2017

WHO hopes Yemeni cholera outbreak is half done at 218,000 cases

A major cholera outbreak in Yemen may have reached the halfway mark at 218,798 cases as a massive emergency response has begun to curb its spread two months into the epidemic. Soon after the outbreak began, the WHO saw a risk that it could affect 300,000 people within six months. But it spread at double that speed, prompting a far-reaching emergency response that may have turned the corner as WHO says the strength of the response will make a difference

June 27, 2017

Red Cross official warns of cholera, famine risks in East Africa, Yemen

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) warned United Nation member states that outbreaks of cholera are compounding famine risk in East Africa and Yemen. According to IFRC figures, Yemen, Somalia and South Sudan are now grappling with escalating cholera outbreaks that have infected more than 220,000 people and killed nearly 2,100 people since the beginning of 2017. In Yemen alone, more than 166,000 cases have been reported since the end of April, a figure that is climbing by an average of 6,000 cases every day, IFRC said. In Somalia, there have been more than 51,000 cholera cases and nearly 5,000 in South Sudan

June 26, 2017

Yemen Now Faces 'The Worst Cholera Outbreak In The World,' U.N. Says

Anthony Lake, executive director of UNICEF, and Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, say that "more than 1,300 people have died — one quarter of them children — and the death toll is expected to rise." They suspect that is because Yemen now has upwards of 200,000 cases to grapple with, and that number is growing quickly — by a rate of roughly 5,000 cases a day. "And geographically, it is expanding," Mohamed El Montassir Hussein, Yemen director for the International Rescue Committee, told NPR`s Jason Beaubien earlier this month

June 24, 2017
June 25, 2017
AlJazeera, BBC
June 23, 2017
Voice of America
June 25, 2017
June 22, 2017

Aid workers race to contain Yemen cholera outbreak, UN agencies report

A “race” is under way to contain the cholera epidemic in Yemen where 20 out of 22 governorates are affected, United Nations agencies said. Nearly 1,200 people have died in the latest outbreak and there are more than 172,000 suspected cases in the crisis-torn country, according to the World Health Organization. Together with UNICEF, WHO says it is attempting to stop cholera being “exported” from the worst-affected areas. In Raymah in western Yemen, mortality rates are almost twice the national average

June 20, 2017
June 21, 2017
The Herald
June 20, 2017
pulse.ng, Voice of America

Cholera toll in Yemen reaches 1,054

The World Health Organisation announced that the toll in the cholera outbreak in Yemen has reached 1,054, with the total suspected cases reaching 151,000. The outbreak has spread fast in 20 out of 22 Yemeni governorates in just seven weeks, since April 27, Xinhua news agency reported. Last month, the WHO said the number of suspected cases could reach 300,000 in the next six months

June 18, 2017
Odisha Sun Times, Outbreak News Today, AlJazeera

Number of Cholera Cases in Taiz Increase Due to Houthi Siege

In a report issued by the Ministry of Health in Yemen, the ministry said that its medical and epidemiological and preventive monitoring teams are facing huge difficulties to reach Sana’a, Hodeidah and Hajjah governorates where cases of illness were recently detected as a result of the control of the coup militias over these provinces. The report showed that the total number of diarrhoea cases that have been documented until June 12 has exceeded 129,000 cases while the total number of outpatients and treatments is over 126,000, with a recovery rate of 98 percent. The report also explained that the total number of suspected cases is 2,914, while confirmed cases in laboratories have reached 432, and death cases amounted to 942

June 17, 2017
Asharq Al-Awsat

Cholera rages across Yemen, one child infected every minute: charity

Almost 1,000 people have died from cholera in Yemen in just over a month in what is thought to be one of the worst outbreaks of the disease since the Haiti earthquake in 2010. Since late April, 942 people have died from cholera, and there are a further 129,000 suspected cases, Save The Children said. At least one child is infected every minute, according to the aid group, which said that the infection rate had tripled over the past two weeks. More than 30 people are dying a day.“ Cholera has come within a perfect storm. Only half the country’s health centres are still operating. The speed of the disease is unprecedented,” Meritxell Relano, Unicef’s Yemen representative said

June 13, 2017
Reuters, The Globe and Mail, AlJazeera, The Times

WHO, UNICEF rushing to address cholera outbreak in Yemen

The World Health Organization and the United Nations Children`s Fund are taking forceful measures to address the cholera outbreak in Yemen, a UN spokesperson said. UNICEF, WHO, and their partners have reached nearly 3.5 million people across the country by disinfecting water tanker filling stations, chlorinating drinking water, restoring water treatment plants, rehabilitating water supply systems, and providing household water treatments and distributing hygiene kits, said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric

June 10, 2017

Yemen cholera cases pass the 100,000 mark: WHO

The number of suspected cholera cases in war-torn Yemen has risen to more than 100,000 since an outbreak began on April 27, the World Health Organization said. The rapid spread of the disease through 19 of Yemen`s 23 governorates highlighted a humanitarian catastrophe in Yemen after two years of civil war that has disabled most health care facilities, according to the U.N. humanitarian office. "To date, 101,820 suspected cholera cases and 789 deaths have been reported in 19 governorates," WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said. The WHO has warned that the number of cases could hit 300,000, but the daily number of new ones declined slightly in the week to June 5 to 3,432, compared with 3,651 in the previous seven-day period

June 8, 2017
June 10, 2017
Albawaba, The Scientist, The Nation

Death toll in Yemen cholera outbreak hits nearly 700: WHO

A cholera epidemic in Yemen has killed at least 681 people and the outbreak has yet to peak, according to the World Health Organization figures which showed an increase in the death toll of nearly 50% since its last update on May 27. Figures from this last week show 86,422 suspected cases of cholera being recorded across 19 of Yemen’s 23 governorates, although WHO did say the increase was due to better completeness of the reporting

June 6, 2017

'Nearly 600 cholera deaths' in Yemen over past month

An estimated 70,000 cases of cholera have been reported by UNICEF in Yemen, with nearly 600 people dying over the past month, as the disease continues to spread at an alarming rate. The UN agency said that the already dire situation for children in Yemen was quickly turning into a disaster

June 2, 2017

Unicef Fears Yemen Cholera Outbreak Could Hit 300,000 in Coming Weeks

The Yemen UNICEF regional director said he had never seen a cholera outbreak of the size it is in this country, which is already contending with the risk of famine and a collapse of the healthcare system because of the war. Half the cholera cases in Yemen are children, and parents have little recourse to help as many hospitals and clinics are closed or lack supplies

June 2, 2017
New York Times

Yemen: Cholera deaths mounting as infections increasing

UNICEF reported that 473 people have died from cholera, while infections rose to 52,000 cases across 18 Yemeni governorates. The numbers jumped by 14,000 in just the last two days. The health conditions are being exacerbated by food shortages, increased malnutrition and a lack of access to adequate health services, due to the Yemeni crisis. The UN Population Fund for the Arab Region said that 1.1m pregnant women who are malnourished, need immediate care and pregnancy health service support are at high risk

May 29, 2017
AlArabiya, menafn.com, Ahram Online, Anadolu Agency

Yemen cholera caseload leaps, death toll rises: WHO

A cholera outbreak in Yemen has killed 332 people and left more than 32,000 ill in the last four weeks, WHO reports. The disease has spread faster than any previous known outbreak in Yemen and WHO is warning it could affect as many as 300,000 people over the next 6 months. To compound the problem, doctors have not been paid since September and less than half of the hospitals and medical clinics are still operating. There is also a shortage of re-hydration fluids for treating cholera patients

May 23, 2017
May 24, 2017
Channel News Asia, AlAlarabiya
May 23, 2017
U.S. Government Accountability Office

Cholera outbreak spreading at 'unprecedented' speed kills 315 in Yemen

WHO said more than 29,300 suspected cases have been reported in 19 of the country’s 22 provinces. The highest number of likely cases, more than 6,000 are in the capital city Sana’a. Last week the UN warned that Yemen could have as many as 300,000 cases of cholera within six months and an extremely high number of deaths

May 21, 2017
May 22, 2017
May 21, 2017
Outbreak News Today
May 22, 2017
BBC News

Cholera cases in Yemen could hit 300,000 within six months: WHO

Yemen could have as many as 300,000 cases of cholera within six months and an “extremely high” number of deaths, the World Health Organization said Friday. “We need to expect something that could go up to 200,000-250,000 cases over the next six months, in addition to the 50,000 cases that have already occurred,” Nevio Zagaria. WHO Yemen representative, told reporters in Geneva by phone. The cost in lives from this will be will be “extremely, extremely high,” he said.

May 20, 2017
Daily Star
May 19, 2017
ABNA 24, Radio Pakistan, Eastern Mirror, Albawaba News, MWC News, Oxfam America, TRT World
May 20, 2017
Asharq Al-Awsat
May 19, 2017

186 dead in Yemen Cholera outbreak in addition to 14,000 infected: WHO

The cholera outbreak in Yemen has so far infected 14,000 people, with at least 186 related deaths since April 27, according to the statement tweeted by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday on its official Twitter account. Most cases were reported from the capital Sanaa, reported the WHO. The fresh statistics come 24 hours following the public health emergency state declared by Yemen`s Ministry of Public Health and Population in its capital Sanaa, after the death of 115 cholera victims and the numbers of suspected cases reached 2,567, according to Yemen`s state news agency Saba.

May 17, 2017

World Health Organization: 11000 suspected Cholera cases and 124 deaths in 17 governorates

The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen now stands at 11,000. The suspected cases have been diagnosed as Acute Watery Diarrhoea, while the number of deaths cause by cholera is 124. The head of delegation at the ICRC tweeted that the number of deaths is higher at 184. The sudden hike in the number of patients has made hospitals in Sana’a unable to cope with the large number of AWD patients

May 16, 2017
Yemen Times
May 17, 2017
Xinhuanet, Anadolu Agency, Asharq Al-Awsat
May 18, 2017
News International
May 17, 2017
May 16, 2017
Ahram Online

World Health Organization: 11000 suspected Cholera cases and 124 deaths in 17 governorates

According to the World Health Organization in Yemen, the number of suspected cholera cases is 11000. These suspected cases have been diagnosed with Acute Watery Diarrhea, while the number of deaths caused by Cholera is 124. Though some believe the number is much higher. According to Alexandre Faite, Head of Delegation at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Yemen, there are 184 deaths and 11000 suspected cholera cases. "IV fluid everywhere in hospitals, sometimes in cars parked outside health centers." Twitted Faite on Monday May 15.

May 16, 2017

Yemen declares state of emergency in Sanaa over cholera

Officials in the Yemeni capital Sanaa declared a state of emergency after an outbreak of cholera which has killed dozens of people. Yemen’s health ministry called on humanitarian organizations and other aid donors to help it deal with the epidemic and avert an unprecedented disaster. The health system, severely degraded by more than two years of war that has displaced millions, cannot cope, the state news agency Saba said 

May 14, 2017
Reuters, New Indian Express

Yemen's cholera outbreak kills 51 people in two weeks: WHO

A cholera outbreak in Yemen has killed more than 51 people since April 27, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, more than double the toll of 25 reported three days ago. WHO said there are 2,752 suspected cholera cases and 58 more are confirmed as having the diarrheal disease 

May 12, 2017
May 11, 2017
World Health Organization
May 12, 2017
Times Live, Yahoo News UK

Au Yémen, le choléra a fait 34 morts en 11 jours

According to the World Health Organization, at least 34 people have died of cholera and 2,022 suspected cases have been recorded in a period of only 11 days in Yemen. WHO now ranks Yemen as one of the biggest humanitarian emergencies on the planet alongside Syria, South Sudan, Nigeria and Iraq

May 9, 2017
CNews Matin, La Croix, Le Monde, Mosaique FM, Yahoo News France, bbc.co.uk, abc.net.au
May 8, 2017

Sana’a Reels From Cholera Cases

More than 200 cholera cases have been reported in Yemen’s capital Sana’a as contaminated water and poor sanitation have led to a sharp rise in transmission of the deadly disease. Nurses at Jumhouri Hospital in Sana’a said they’ve received more than 200 patients with cholera in the last few days, two died as they were in bad shape when they arrived. WHO reported that 25 people have died of cholera in the last week. Albawaba reports that Yemeni hospitals are at breaking point due to the cholera epidemic 

May 8, 2017
Financial Tribune, Malayia Sun
May 5, 2017
Almasdar News
May 7, 2017
AlJazeera, Albawaba News, Voice of America, RTE
May 8, 2017
May 7, 2017
Albawaba News

UNICEF warns of outbreaks of cholera in Yemen

UNICEF warned of outbreaks of cholera in Yemen due to the continuing conflict, lack of clean drinking water and sanitation-related diseases. UNICEF said nearly 462,000 children are suffering from malnutrition and 10,000 under-fives may have died from preventable disease. Across the country, 17 million people – 60% of the population – are food insecure

April 5, 2017
Middle East Monitor

World facing gravest humanitarian crisis since 1945

The Financial Times reported on the UN announcement that the world is facing its biggest humanitarian crisis since the end of the Second World War, with 20m people facing starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria

March 11, 2017
Financial Times, ABC.net
March 10, 2017
Voice of America, AlJazeera

Non communicable diseases

More than 100 million at risk of starvation globally - U.N. official

The number of people facing severe hunger worldwide has surpassed 100m and will grow if humanitarian aid is not paired with more support for farmers, a UN official told Reuters Africa

March 4, 2017

Somalia says 110 dead in last 48 hours due to drought

Some 100 people have died in southern Somalia in the last two days from famine and diarrhea resulting from drought, as the area braces itself for a widespread shortage of food

March 4, 2017

Communicable diseases

Risk of mass starvation rising rapidly in Africa and Yemen - UNHCR

The UNHCR said it was raising its alarm level over the risk of 20 million people in East Africa facing famine higher than it was in February, when the call for international aid began. In South Sudan a further 1 million are on the brink of famine. Acute malnutrition rates are already very high, if you don’t help with worsening nutrition rates people die. In some places like north eastern Nigeria aid workers previously had zero access, due to Boko Haram militants. Now access is opening up and aid workers are going in they are discovering more need of an extreme nature and the risk of famine is rising further still

April 11, 2017