Yemen crisis

United Nations leaders call on the Saudi-led coalition to fully lift blockade of Yemeni Red Sea ports

2 December 2017 – Without the urgent resumption of commercial imports in Yemen, especially food, fuel and medicines, millions of children, women and men risk mass hunger, disease and death.


WHO delivers medicines as diphtheria spreads in Yemen

27 November 2017 | SANA'A - WHO has delivered medicines to tackle an outbreak of diphtheria in Yemen, warning that sustained humanitarian access is critical to stopping its spread. The shipment of 1,000 vials of life-saving anti-toxins and 17 tonnes of medical supplies arrived in Sanaa on Monday (November 27) after being stalled by the three-week closure of sea and air ports.

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UN leaders appeal for immediate lifting of humanitarian blockade in Yemen – lives of millions are at risk

16 November 2017 -- Together, we issue another urgent appeal for the coalition to permit entry of lifesaving supplies to Yemen in response to what is now the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. The supplies, which include medicines, vaccines and food, are essential to staving off disease and starvation. Without them, untold thousands of innocent victims, among them many children, will die.

WHO is supporting Al-Jumhoori hospital with a fixed surgical team consisting of surgeons, an anesthesia specialist, operational technician, and medical assistants.

Inside the struggling Al-Jumhoori Hospital in Sa’ada, Yemen

27 September 2017 – Many patients in Sa’ada struggle to access proper medical treatment. They flock to the overwhelmed and crumbling Al-Jumhoori Hospital, the only public referral hospital in Sa’ada, 240km from Sana’a, in search of care. WHO and the World Bank are working together to address some of the gaps, providing, among other things, fuel for the hospital’s generators, medicines, and a fixed surgical team.

WHO/ Sadeq Al-Wesabi

Seham’s struggles

5 September 2017 – Seham was just 6 years old when she was first diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. Together with her parents, she travelled hundreds of kilometres in search of diagnosis and treatment, from her home in Razeh District in Sa’ada governorate in Yemen’s north, to Hajjah and Sana’a in the country’s west.

Accessing dialysis has always been tricky in Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East. But the conflict has created additional challenges, with health facilities facing a shortage of dialysis supplies and travel complicated by checkpoints and insecurity.

Sadeq Al-Wesabi/WHO Yemen
Yemenis collect drinking water amid cholera outbreak

WHO is investigating a significant increase in the number of suspected cholera cases reported in select districts of seven governorates of Yemen

6 September 2017 – Between 27 April and 5 September, 618 209 suspected cases and 2 054 associated deaths have been reported. WHO is closely tracking the evolution of the Yemen cholera outbreak and when the spike in suspect cases was detected on 27 August, staff moved to scale-up diagnostic testing and accelerate data analysis as quickly as possible to establish whether the increase is the result of cholera or another form of diarrhoeal disease.


Cholera count reaches 500 000 in Yemen

14 August 2017 – The total number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen this year hit the half a million mark on Sunday, and nearly 2000 people have died since the outbreak began to spread rapidly at the end of April. The spread of cholera has slowed significantly in some areas compared to peak levels but the disease is still spreading fast in more recently affected districts, which are recording large numbers of cases.

What if Yemen was 100 people?

10 August 2017 - If Yemen was only 100 people then 74 would need humanitarian aid and 53 people would have no access to health services.


Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae.

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