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Yemen - Complex Emergency Fact Sheet #16, Fiscal Year (FY) 2017

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  • Cholera outbreak nears 700,000 suspected cases as of September 19.

  • Airstrikes in western Yemen and attacks in Ta’izz Governorate result in 32 civilian casualties.

  • USG announces $168.5 million in new humanitarian funding to support critical relief efforts in Yemen.

  • WHO treats 2,300 children for severe acute malnutrition.

Key Developments

On September 21, USAID Administrator Mark Green announced approximately $575 million in new humanitarian funding to support emergency response activities in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen—the four conflict-affected countries facing severe food insecurity and malnutrition crises—as well as neighboring countries hosting refugees fleeing those crises. The new funding for Yemen includes approximately $112.7 million from USAID/OFDA and $55.8 million from USAID/FFP, bringing total U.S. Government (USG) humanitarian assistance in Yemen to nearly $636 million to date in FY 2017. UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) plan to use the new assistance to address Yemen’s food security crisis and unprecedented cholera outbreak.

As of September 19, health agencies had recorded nearly 700,000 suspected cholera cases and 2,101 related deaths since the outbreak resurged in late April, according to USAID/OFDA partner the UN World Health Organization (WHO). USG partners are distributing cholera prevention supplies, such as water purification tablets; establishing additional cholera treatment centers (CTCs) and oral rehydration centers (ORCs); and providing safe drinking water to vulnerable populations.

Access constraints continue to hinder humanitarian response activities in Yemen. Approximately 700,000 people in acute need of relief assistance live in districts where humanitarian access is highly constrained, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).