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.
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.
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.
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.
12 July 2017 – WHO's Director-General briefs the security council on the health situation in Yemen, where a cholera outbreak of unprecedented scale continues to rage. WHO, UNICEF and other partners are working with the Yemeni authorities to detect and track the spread of the disease and reach people with medical treatment, safe water and adequate sanitation and hygiene practices.
400 tons of life-saving health supplies arrive in Yemen
2 July 2017 – Twenty ambulances, 100 cholera kits, hospital equipment and 128 000 bags of intravenous fluids – these are just some of the supplies delivered to Yemen by the WHO. Getting medical supplies to vulnerable people across Yemen is no easy task, with active conflict, damaged port infrastructure and logistical difficulties impeding access.
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Jumbo jet lands in war-torn Yemen carrying 67 tonnes of cholera response supplies
Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae.