Yemen Humanitarian Situation Report

May 2017

girl with IV drip in her hand drinking water on a tent hospital bed



  • By the end of May, over 65,000 suspected cases of cholera and at least 532 deaths have been reported, the number of cases increases by the minute*. The outbreak is making an already dire situation for children in Yemen much worse. Almost half of the suspected cases are children.
  • The situation is overwhelming for what remains of Yemen’s conflict-battered health system. Hospitals and health facilities are struggling to cope. There is a shortage of health workers, many of whom have not been paid for months.
  • UNICEF and partners have been able to support nearly 2.5 million people in cholera-affected or at-risk locations by airlifting essential supplies for treatment, providing safe water through rehabilitation and disinfection of water sources and containers, as well creating awareness among the public on how to prevent cholera.
  • With the Health system working at the limits of its capacity, the Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) programme becomes even more critical to treat and prevent malnutrition. Over 16,500 children were treated for severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in May and nearly 7,000 received micronutrient supplementation.
  • The Tetanus Toxoid (TT) vaccination round launched on 29 April was completed on 11 May in 46 High Risk Districts, reaching 36,774 pregnant women and 323,140 women of child bearing age.
  • Over 70 per cent of teachers in Yemen have not received their salaries in the past eight months. The situation forced the early closure of the school year in 13 governorates, affecting nearly 4.5 million students.


Situation in Numbers


9.6 million children affected out of 18.8 million people affected

1.6 million children internally displaced (IDPs) and returnees out of 2.9 million IDPs and returnees (Task Force on Population Movement 14th report, Protection Cluster, May 2017)

462,000 children under 5 suffering Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM)

14.5 million people in need of WASH assistance

14.8 million people in need of basic health care


UNICEF Appeal 2017

US$236.6 million

2017 Funds available

US$105.7 million

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