Yemen crisis

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.

The life and death struggle against cholera in Yemen

25 July 2017 – Cholera continues to spread in Yemen, causing more than 390 000 suspected cases of the disease and more than 1800 deaths since 27 April 2017. WHO and its partners are responding to the outbreak, working closely with UNICEF, local health authorities and others to treat the sick and stop the spread of the disease. This photo story shows the real people affected by the outbreak.

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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.


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

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