The World Health Organization’s (WHO) response to the crisis in Yemen has been bolstered by an injection of US$ 8 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF). This is the largest single allocation from CERF to WHO to date, and will be used for the delivery of life-saving medicines for non-communicable diseases.
United Nations Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos has allocated US$95.5 million to sustain emergency aid operations in some of the world’s worst, yet most neglected, humanitarian crises.
6 August 2013: People in Yemen are at risk of contracting wild poliovirus due to a large influx of Somali refugees. The first case of polio was reported in the Horn of Africa in May 2013. Since then, the virus has spread as Somali refugees moved to neighbouring countries, including Kenya and Yemen.