Yemen crisis

WHO warns that more people will die if ports in Yemen do not reopen to humanitarian aid

9 November 2017 – For the fourth consecutive day, the World Health Organization’s operations in Yemen have been severely hampered due to the closure of all land, sea and air ports. “WHO and the other humanitarian agencies need immediate and unhindered humanitarian access to Yemen”, said WHO Executive Director for Emergencies Dr Peter Salama.

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.

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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.

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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.

WHO Director-General's remarks at the UN Security Council meeting on Yemen

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.


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

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