Yemen faces world’s largest humanitarian crisis and largest cholera outbreak

Yemen currently holds a double grim world record: the largest humanitarian crisis (20.7 million Yemenis in need of humanitarian assistance, 17 million severely food insecure, at least 462 000 severely malnourished children) and the largest cholera outbreak (with over 320 000 suspected cases since April 27). The cholera outbreak continues to spread rapidly in Yemen, and is now affecting all 22 governorates (309 out of 333 districts). As of July 12, 320 199 suspected

cases and 1 742 associated deaths are reported; 7 000 new suspected cases are reported daily (UN, WHO). According to the health cluster, a total of 3 000 treatment center beds are reportedly in place (60% of target), and 700 oral rehydration corners are operational (24% of target). WASH interventions are a key priority to curve the evolution of the outbreak. Public services in Yemen are near collapse after over two years of conflict and the magnitude of the outbreak is beyond the capacity of humanitarian actors.  READ MORE