In an update on the cholera outbreak in Yemen, since Apr 27, 65,041 suspected and 316 confirmed cholera cases, and 532 deaths (CFR: 0.8%) have been reported in 19 of the country 23 governorates.

Vibrio cholerae on TCBS/CDC
Vibrio cholerae on TCBS/CDC

Although during the last seven days (24 – 30 May 2017) the daily average number of cases (2,777 cases/day) decreased compared to the previous seven-day period (3,369 cases/day), the outbreak doesn’t seem to have reached yet its peak, according to UN health officials.

More than two years of conflict in Yemen have left more than 18.8 million people need some form of humanitarian assistance with 10.3 million severely in need of assistance. UNHCR reports 3 million displaced.

The health sector in Yemen is on the verge of collapse. At least 274 health facilities have been damaged or destroyed.

More than half of all health facilities in Yemen are either closed or only partially functioning. An estimated 14.8 million people now lack access to basic healthcare, including 8.8 million living in severely under-served areas, 14.5 million people lack access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene services.