Al Houthi and KSA-led Coalition representatives agree to new cessation of hostilities, violence continues
Health actors confirm 86 cholera cases, WHO cautions that number could increase
Between 7 million and 10 million people experiencing at least Crisis levels of food insecurity
On November 15, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced that Al Houthi and Saudi-led Coalition representatives agreed to a cessation of hostilities following consultations in Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The agreement was scheduled to come into effect on November 17; however, the Republic of Yemen Government (RoYG) has withheld support for the agreement and violence continues.
As of November 13, health care workers had reported 4,119 suspected cholera cases and 86 confirmed cases, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO). The UN agency cautions that case numbers could rise due to conflict-related health care disruptions and damage to water, sanitation, and hygiene infrastructure (WASH). A RoYG Ministry of Public Health and Population (MoPHP)-led Cholera Task Force— which includes USAID/OFDA partners—is implementing cholera response interventions, such as the establishment of cholera treatment centers (CTCs), increased surveillance and monitoring, and water chlorination.
Between 7 million and 10 million people in Yemen are experiencing at least Crisis—IPC 3—levels food insecurity, according to the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET). Although ongoing humanitarian assistance has likely prevented a further deterioration of food security in many areas and data is limited, FEWS NET cautions that households in areas where the impact of conflict on livelihoods and humanitarian access have been most severe could possibly experience Catastrophe— IPC 5—conditions between October 2016 and May 2017.
Since March 2015, conflict in Yemen has resulted in more than 7,000 deaths and injured more than 36,800 people, WHO reports.