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Yemen: Cholera Outbreak - Information Bulletin

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This bulletin is being issued for information only and reflects the current situation and details available now. The Yemen Red Crescent Society (YRCS) is responding to the recent cholera outbreak with support from Movement partners.

This information bulletin summarizes planned IFRC response to support YRCS. IFRC will not launch a separate emergency appeal, but will instead use the existing operational plan as a vehicle for support. A Plan of Action details planned IFRC support to YRCS cholera response, as an annex to a revised 2017 IFRC Yemen Country Office Operational Plan.

The situation

More than two years of conflict in Yemen have left more than 18.8 million people need some form of humanitarian assistance with 10.3 million severely in need of assistance. UNHCR reports 3 million displaced.
The health sector in Yemen is on the verge of collapse. At least 274 health facilities have been damaged or destroyed.
More than half of all health facilities in Yemen are either closed or only partially functioning. An estimated 14.8 million people now lack access to basic healthcare, including 8.8 million living in severely under-served areas, 14.5 million people lack access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene services.
Since 27th April, a second outbreak of Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) / Cholera cases followed a previous outbreak in September 2016. Latest information released by WASH and Health Clusters as of 27th May; indicated that:

  • 19 governorates out of 22 governorates are affected;

  • 52,140 suspected cases of Cholera/AWD were reported in Sana’a (5,383), Amanat Al-Asimah (12,544), Amran (5,972), Dhamar (2,507), Al-Mahweet (3,594), Ibb (2,177), Al-Dhale’a (1,919), Hajjah (5,980), Al-Hudaydah (2,463), Taiz (3,394), Abyan (1,365), Raymah (761), Aden (793) Sa’adah (86), Al-Bayda (2536), Lahj (328), Al Jawf (271), Ma’areb (59) and Shabwah (8) governorates;

  • 308 confirmed cases with laboratory testing;

  • 417 deaths (CFR 0.9%) were reported.

  • During the last 7 days, the daily average number of cases was 2,529.