Yemen crisis

Over 362 000 suspected cholera cases in Yemen

19 July 2017 – More than 362 000 suspected cholera cases and 1,817 deaths have been reported in Yemen in less than 3 months. UNICEF, WHO and partners are racing to stop the acceleration of this deadly outbreak. We are working around the clock to detect and track the spread of disease and to reach people with clean water, adequate sanitation and medical treatment.

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.

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.

Boy transports water bottles in a wheelbarrow, Yemen.

Cholera outbreak in Yemen - suspected cases exceed 200,000

24 June 2017 – The rapidly spreading cholera outbreak in Yemen has exceeded 200,000 suspected cases, increasing at an average of 5,000 a day. We are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world.


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

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