Humanitarian Health Action

Yemen situation reports

Regional Office for Eastern Mediterranean


  • 16 November 2017

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

    While the Saudi-led military coalition has partially lifted the recent blockade of Yemen, closure of much of the country’s air, sea and land ports is making an already catastrophic situation far worse. The space and access we need to deliver humanitarian assistance is being choked off, threatening the lives of millions of vulnerable children and families.

  • 2 February 2017

    Yemen: Conflict in Al-Mokha City, Taizz Governorate - Health situation report

    More than 8 000 people have fled and 22 000 people are affected by intense fight in Al-Mokha City. Thousands more remain trapped and caught in the crossfire. WHO has deployed a rapid response team to districts receiving internally displaced persons to identify the most urgent health needs. A mobile medical team is delivering primary health services in Al-Hudaydah Governorate. WHO has also delivered three trauma kits - sufficient for 300 surgical interventions - to the main hospitals in Bait Al-Fakeeh, Zebeed and Hays districts.


  • December 2016

    Health Cluster bulletin - Yemen

  • September - October 2016

    Regional health situation update

    Yemen: Providing health care to children on the brink of starvation; Syria crisis response update (October 2016); Cholera resurgence in the Eastern Mediterranean Region; Somalia: WHO supports first national public health laboratory

  • 30 August 2016

    Health situation in Yemen

    During the reporting period from 16 to 30 August, 65 people were killed and 370 injured. Since the beginning of the crisis, from 19 March 2015 to 30 August 2016, a total of 6787 deaths and 33 857 injuries were reported from health facilities in conflict affected governorates. The number of deaths is believed to be higher given that this report only captures health facility reported deaths. Over 50 tonnes of medicines and medical supplies (containing 10 trauma kits to treat 1000 patients, IV fluids and medicine for noncommunicable diseases) arrived on 16 and 17 August 2016 in Sana'a Airport.

  • 17 August 2016

    WHO condemns attack on Abs Hospital and calls for protection of health staff and facilities in Yemen

    WHO condemns the attack on Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)-supported Abs Hospital in Hajjah governorate, Yemen, which claimed the lives of 11 people including an MSF staff member and injured 19 others, according to MSF. The local health office confirmed 18 killed and 18 injured within of hours after the attack.

  • July 2016

    Health situation in Yemen

    WHO continues to provide health facilities and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Taiz, Al-Dhalea and Hajja governorates with safe water. To ensure the functionality of critical sections of hospitals and health facilities, WHO continues to support health facilities in all affected governorates with fuel.

  • June 2016

    Health situation in Yemen

    In response to a dengue fever outbreak in Marib governorate, WHO urgently provided the governorate’s Health Office with 500 bottles of IV fluids, three rapid diagnostic dengue fever kits and one for chikungunya fever, as well as 2000 leaflets and brochures raising awareness about dengue prevention.

  • May 2016

    Health situation in Yemen

    Despite the cessation of hostilities agreement on 10 April, ground fighting is still taking place in Marib, Al-Jawf and Taiz, claiming dozens of lives and overburdening health facilities. A WHO aid plane arrived in Socotra governorate carrying eight tonnes of emergency medicines and medical supplies. With support of Global Fund and WHO, a ship carrying 1.5 million bednets arrived in Al-Hudaydah port. WHO continues to provide safe water on a daily basis for AlThawra, Al-Jumhoori, Al-Mudhaffar, Al-Swaidi Hospitals and two dialysis centres in Taiz City, as well as Khalifa Hospital in Al-Turba City. WHO and the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MoPHP) concluded a third workshop on mental health and psychosocial support during crises for health and community workers in Sana'a, Hajjah, Hadramout and Aden governorates.

  • April 2016

    Health situation in Yemen

    The Ministry of Public Health and Population, with support from WHO and UNICEF, has concluded the house-to-house polio immunization campaign, targeting 5,019,948 children under the age of 5 across the country. The campaign succeeded in reaching more than 90% of targeted children. WHO delivered more than 52 tonnes of medicines and medical supplies to health offices in Aden, Al-Baidha'a, Al Hudaydah, Al-Jawf, Al-Mahwit, Sana'a, Amran, Dhamar, Hajjah, Ibb, Raymah, Sa'ada and Taiz. The supplies include trauma kits, interagency emergency health kits and various types of IV fluids.

  • March 2016

    Health situation in Yemen

    The number of suspected cases of malaria in 16 governorates is increasing, mostly in Al-Hudaydah governorate with 2 526 cases and in Hajjah governorate with 962 cases. The needs of growing numbers of people requiring psychological support are unmet due to serious shortage of psychiatrists in Yemen, where there are only forty psychiatrists (nearly one psychiatrist per 650 000 people in the country).

  • 15 March 2016

    Health situation in Yemen

    Cases of dengue fever show a declining trend in 2016. Case management and control measures are continuing, especially in the most affected areas of AlHudaydah and Hadramout governorates. in 16 governorates 3 805 suspected cases of malaria were reported, mostly in Al-Hudaydah with 2 387 cases and Hajjah with 787 cases. More children in Yemen are likely to have severe acute malnutrition if health services to prevent and treat moderate malnutrition are not provided. Around 780 000 pregnant and lactating women are suffering from malnutrition amid inadequate health services in many parts of the country, mainly in Al-Bayda, Hajjah, Al Hodaida, Aden and Lahj.

  • 29 February 2016

    Health situation in Yemen

    From 19 March 2015 to 20 February 2016, a total of 6 202 deaths and 29 612 injuries have been reported from health facilities in conflict affected governorates. The number of deaths is believed to be higher given that this report only captures health facility reported deaths. WHO has expanded its presence in Yemen through the establishing of a focal point in Ibb governorate to coordinate the health and nutrition cluster response in Ibb and Taiz governorates.

  • 14 January 2016

    Health situation in Yemen

    A national polio, measles and rubella campaign launched on Saturday 9 January 2016 in Yemen, supported by WHO, UNICEF and GAVI. The campaign aims to vaccinate over 5 million children under the age of 5 against polio and over 2,7 million children from 6 months to 15 years. Over 20 tons of medicines and supplies were distributed to Taiz City (Al-Mudhaffar, Sala and Al-Qahera districts) including emergency trauma, Interagency Emergency Health Kits (IEHK) and Diarrheal Disease Kits (DDK) as well as IV fluids, 100 oxygen cylinders and other essential medicines for over 250 000 people.


  • 22 December 2015

    Health situation in Yemen

    WHO has delivered more than 100 tonnes of medicines and medical supplies for more than one million people in eight districts of Taiz governorate. Since March the health facilities have reported 34 066 casualties, including 5955 deaths and 28 111 injuries in the crises affected governorates. WHO continues to support the fogging campaign as a control measure for dengue fever and malaria in Hadramout, Al-Mahra and Abyan governorates. Five WHO mobile medical clinics continue providing nutrition, reproductive health, immunization and basic health services in Al-Luhaya, Al-Zohra and Hais districts of Al-Hudayda governorate.

  • 28 October 2015

    WHO condemns attack on MSF hospital in Yemen

    WHO condemns the bombing of the Medécins Sans Frontières (MSF) supported hospital in Saada province in northern Yemen. MSF estimates that this will leave 200 000 people with no access to lifesaving medical care.

  • 11 October 2015

    Health situation in Yemen

    On 8 October, WHO shipped 15.7 tonnes of medicines and medical supplies for an estimated 40 000 people for one month. The supplies are meant to fill the critical gap of a shortage of essential medicines, emergency medical kits and other medical supplies at health facilities in the country. WHO supported health authorities to conduct training of trainers for 76 immunization supervisors from 22 governorates in preparation for the introduction of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) into the national immunization programme in Yemen.

  • 27 September 2015

    Health situation in Yemen

    The conflict in Yemen has caused 31 600 casualties, including 5 306 deaths and 26 294 injuries and eight health workers have died since March to September in 21 Governorates. However WHO has supported together with UNICEF and GAVI a vaccination campaign which reached out 70 000 children under age of one and 80 000 children under five years has been screened for malnutrition. WHO has also donated surgical medical equipment to the hospital in Zaid, Sana’a for the management of increasing surgical trauma cases. In Al-Sadaqa hospital, Aden the Therapeutic Feeding Centre has been reopened for operations.

  • 13 September 2015

    Health situation in Yemen

    The conflict in Yemen has caused 31 600 casualties, including 5 306 deaths and 26 294 injuries and eight health workers have died since March to September in 21 Governorates. However WHO has supported together with UNICEF and GAVI a vaccination campaign which reached out 70 000 children under age of one and 80 000 children under five years has been screened for malnutrition. WHO has also donated surgical medical equipment to the hospital in Zaid, Sana’a for the management of increasing surgical trauma cases. In Al-Sadaqa hospital, Aden the Therapeutic Feeding Centre has been reopened for operations.

  • 30 August 2015

    Health situation report

    WHO and the health partners vaccinated 5.4 million (targeted 5.7) million children, under the age of 5 years, against polio and over 1.5 million (targeted 1.8 million) children, aged 6 months to 15 years, against measles in high risk areas. WHO donated to the Taiz governorate local trauma kits to conduct 1000 surgeries, surgical supply kit, dressing kits, first aid bags and anaesthesia medicines. WHO donated to Al Thawra hospital medical supplies, Emergency Trauma kits and Interagency Emergency Health kits and to Hodeida governorate and Tehama medical supplies for renal dialysis. Since 19 March in 21 governorates there has been a total of 28 598 facility based causalities, including 4628 deaths and 23 970 injuries.

  • 15 August 2015

    Health situation report

    Due to the ongoing crises thirty nine (39) health facilities including 27 hospitals and 11 health centers in 11 governorates have been damaged and the renal dialysis center treating an average of 57 chronic renal failure cases per month Hajjah Governorate has been closed due to inaccessibility. WHO supported second medical clinic in Al-Mukalla city Hadramout is providing health services to 2550 IDP families. A national immunization campaign was launched on 15 August 2015 by WHO, UNICEF and GAVI targeting over 5 million children under the age of 5 years for polio and 1.5 million children aged 6 month to 15 years for measles and rubella. Dengue fever and diarrhoea disease outbreaks are monitored with the Electronic Disease Early Warning and Response System (eDEWS).

  • 27 August 2015

    Safe corridor needed to deliver health care to over 3 million people in Taiz, Yemen

    Sana’a, 27 August 2015 – A humanitarian corridor must be established to ensure access to health care for more than 3 million people in Yemen’s Taiz governorate, where conflict and a resulting humanitarian crisis have left thousands of people in need of treatment, caused extensive damage to health facilities, and fanned a dengue fever outbreak.

  • 30 July 2015

    Health situation in Yemen

    Since March, 2015 to date, almost 1.2 million children have been vaccinated against measles and polio in Yemen. Because of the insecurity, shortage of fuel and electricity only 183 health facilities are partially functional and 190 non-functional. WHO has provided 745 190 litres of fuel since March to ensure functionality of the health facilities and services. Number of dengue fever cases has decreased from 5697 (in March) to 4918 cases (in June). Forty eight (48) mobile health teams have been deployed to ensure health services in 27 districts in Aden, Hudaidaeh, Amran, Sana’a, Dhamar, and Hajjah governorates.

  • 25 July 2015

    Health Cluster bulletin

    An upsurge in cases of measles and dengue has been reported in Al-Mukalla, Hadramout governorate, during the reporting period. Since March 2015, 5697 cases of suspected dengue fever and severe dengue fever cases have been reported. These include 3000 suspected cases reported from Aden from public and private functioning hospitals through eDEWS and the routine surveillance system. Due to the disrupted health system and collapsed water and sanitation facilities an increase in diarrhoeal diseases has been recorded. Estimated 2.6 million children under 15 years are at risk of measles; 2.5 million under 5 are at risk of diarrhoeal disease and another 1.3 at risk of acute respiratory infections. Fuel have been distributed to hospitals to ensure continuity and functionality of the main hospitals in 13 governorates.

  • 11 July 2015

    Yemen health situaiton report

    The humanitarian pause scheduled to begin on 11 July did not hold due to continuing conflict. UN humanitarian convoy reached Aden on 9 July with sic trucks with lifesaving medicines, emergency health kits and WASH materials for 84 000 beneficiaries.

  • 7 June 2015

    WHO Health situation report

    Since the 19 March as a result of the on-going conflict in Yemen estimated 2 584 people have died and 11 065 injured. There has been a total of 3 064 cases of suspected dengue fever, surges in cases of malaria, incidences of diarrhoeal diseases and pneumonia. Access to health care is difficult and the visits to consultations has dropped 50% since the conflict began. Since the beginning of the crisis WHO has distributed medicines and medical supplies and fuel to maintain the functionality of hospitals serving an excess of 4.7 million people, including 700 000 internally displaced.

  • 7 June 2015

    Health Cluster bulletin - Yemen humanitarian crisis

    Over 20 million people are affected and more than one million people are displaced by the crisis, according to OCHA. Access to health services and facilities is complex due the security situation in the country. More than 15.1 million people are in need to access the health services. There are increased cases of Malaria, Dengue Fever and Viral Haemorrhagic Fever in southern Governorates of Hadramaut, Abyan, Lahj and Aden. Health Cluster and cluster partners has provided medicines and medical supplies for 700 000 beneficiaries.

  • May 2015

  • 27 April 2015

    Health situation in Yemen

    The humanitarian situation in Taiz is deteriorating as there are heavy clashes in residential areas. Most of the roads connecting Sana’a are becoming gradually inaccessible making the delivery of life-saving medicines a serious challenge. There are severe shortages of medicines for noncommunicable diseases and health staff as the violence is growing and access to health facilities is deteriorated. There is shortages of safe water and WHO has provided six water tanker trucks to Abs Hospital, Al -Raboa and Al-Hiejja health units in Abs District and has begun water chlorination in schools housing internally displaced persons in Jaa’ar. WHO continues to provide medicines and medical supplies to hospitals, governorate health offices and mobile health units, as well as facilitate and finance the provision of fuel for health facilities and ambulances

  • 21 April 2015

    Health situation in Yemen

    The electricity supply to the city of Sana’a and most neighboring governorates continues to be disrupted. Fuel shortages continue to be reported throughout the country and many health facilities face the danger of shutting down as a result. WHO and the Ministry of Public Health and Population estimate that approximately US$750 000 is needed per month to provide sufficient fuel to cover 100 ambulances, major hospitals in affected governorates and mobile health teams.

  • 13 April 2015

    Deteriorating health situation in Yemen

    During the reporting period there were 119 deaths and 715 injuries, this brings the total number to 767 deaths and 2906 injuries since 19 March. The humanitarian situation is deteriorating and 18 out of 22 governorates are now affected by the conflict. There are shortages of fuel, grains, electricity supplies , medicines and health supplies. WHO has appealed for US$25.2 million in funding to address increasing health needs in Yemen. Health partners are working increasingly with limited resources and supplies in-country. WHO has delivered on 16 April 17 tonnes of medicines and medical/surgical supplies for 41 100 beneficiaries.

  • 6 April 2015

    Heavy clashes in Aden and Al-Dhale’a are reported and the humanitarian situation is critical, with power cuts and water and fuel shortages. Sana’a and Hodeidah are suffering of shortages of fuel. Humanitarian actors have been unable to deliver medical emergency supplies as the access to airports and sea ports remains difficult. WHO’s and its partners medical supplies and medicines for Yemen are in Dubai waiting for transport. However since 19 March WHO has provided inter-agency health kits for 80 000 beneficiaries for 3 months and trauma kits for 400 major operations in 18 hospitals through the country.

  • 6 April 2015

    WHO responds to urgent health needs in Yemen

    Cairo, Egypt – WHO is responding to increasing shortages in medicines and medical supplies in Yemen as a result of the ongoing conflict. Health facilities in affected governorates are reporting critical shortages in trauma and surgical medicines and supplies for the treatment of injured patients, and shortages are also reported in medicines for chronic diseases. Supplies are expected to decrease further as local stocks run low and access to Yemen through airports and seaports remains closed.



  • 31 July 2011

    Concern rising as humanitarian situation deteriorates in Yemen

    The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate. Basic services, including health services, are barely functioning and access remains limited due to uncertain security. The drought is also having an impact on Yemen, where a third of the population is already food insecure. WHO is maintaining close contact with all parties and supporting the Ministry of Health and volunteer groups in delivering life-saving health services.

  • 28 June 2011

    Growing needs for emergency life-saving health care in Yemen

    The humanitarian situation in Abyan is deteriorating rapidly. Almost all public services are no longer functioning and health workers have fled. Meanwhile, the diarrhoea outbreak continues with 742 cases reported between 7 April and 15 June. The disruption of public health programmes is making the task of controlling the outbreak very difficult. WHO is supporting community health volunteers in Abyan to reach the population in the affected areas.

  • 9 June 2011

    Yemen Situation report - 9 June 2011

    The overall situation in Yemen remains tense and unpredictable with reports of a fragile ceasefire in Sana’a. The humanitarian country team convened on 8 June to respond to the current humanitarian situation. WHO will submit a proposal for additional central emergency relief fund (CERF) funding to respond to the situation of internally-displaced persons in the southern governorates of Yemen.

  • 9 June 2011

    WHO responds to Yemen crisis

    As violence in Yemen escalated last week with fighting in the capital Sana'a leaving 29 dead and 113 injured, WHO is assisting health providers to cope with the increased demand for health services, particularly emergency health care.

  • May 2011 - Monthly Highlights

    Supporting the provision of essential health care in Yemen

    Violence has subsided during the past 10 days but the situation remains fluid and unpredictable. More than 145 deaths and 3620 injuries have been reported since the beginning of the protests. Health care is provided by advanced medical posts and makeshift hospitals managed and manned by volunteers from the protestors’ side and by the country’s two designated referral hospitals – Al-Thura Hospital in Taiz and Kuwait Hospital in Sana’a.

  • February 2011 - Monthly Highlights

    Yemen: maintaining health care for displaced populations

    Over the past years, repeated internal conflicts and clashes (conflict in the north, secessionist movement in the south and terrorist threats) have disrupted the provision of basic services, including health care services.


  • 18 January 2010

    Yemen situation report no. 12 - 18 January 2010

    Catering for the increasing number of IDPs and their increasing needs in health services is becoming more and more challenging in view of the available limited resources, thereby making them potentially more vulnerable to outbreaks of communicable diseases.



  • October - November 2008

    Tropical storm and floods in Hadramout and Al-Mahra provinces

    A tropical storm hit the provinces of Hadramout and Al-Mahra on 23 October 2008 and after 30 hours of non-stop rain unleashed massive floods and swept through these provinces causing huge destruction and causalities. According to reports the most affected districts are Tarim, Al-Qotn and Shibam. Heavy floods caused destruction and damage of public infrastructures such as roads, electricity network, water supplies and others.

  • 29 October 2008

    Tropical storm and floods in Hadramout and Al-Mahra provinces

    SAN'A /CAIRO/GENEVA -- The World Health Organization (WHO) is responding to eastern Yemen's devastating floods by sending medicines and other urgent supplies to treat over 50 000 patients for a range of conditions, including illnesses linked to contaminated water and insect-borne diseases such as malaria.

Yemen - WHO Humanitarian Response Plan 2017

Health Cluster requirements
US$ 321.6 million (health partners including WHO)

WHO requirements
US$ 126 million

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