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Note to Media

The milling of WFP wheat at the Red Sea Mills near the city of Hodeidah resumed on 30 December. Operations were stopped for four days. WFP is working round the clock to mill and dispatch 51,000 mt of wheat grain stored at the complex. So far, over 4,500 mt of vitally needed humanitarian assistance has been dispatched from the facility for distribution to the families in Yemen who need it most.

WFP stores more than 2,000 metric tonnes of humanitarian assistance (29 November 2019)

WFP stores more than 2,000 metric tonnes of humanitarian assistance at the free zone warehouses in Aden, Yemen. There is a constant flow of food assistance arriving at the warehouses and being dispatched to the families that WFP supports in Yemen. There is currently a small quantity of wheat flour that was damaged by heavy rains and is awaiting disposal at the free zone warehouses. It will be replaced to ensure that all vulnerable families in Yemen receive the monthly food assistance they need. All food distributed to beneficiaries meets all food quality standards in accordance with WFP’s mandate to support food insecure families in over 80 countries around the world. LINK: 

WFP supports over 220,000 people in Shabwa Governorate (28 November)

WFP supports over 220,000 people in Shabwa Governorate with in-kind food assistance, distributing nearly 3,500 metric tonnes of food to vulnerable families living in the governorate each month. The wheat flour distributed this month in Shabwa is a brown flour, which has a darker colour. In addition, WFP also provided a one-off distribution in Shabwa of a fortified blended food intended to prevent malnutrition among children and women. All distributed food meets international and local food quality standards and regulations. 

Dengue and malaria update (13 November 2019)

Over 4 years of conflict in Yemen have resulted in the displacement of over 2 million people, destroyed infrastructure and taken systems to the brink of collapse. Yemen, like the majority of countries in conflict, has sustained massive damage to its infrastructure. The successive onslaught of heavy rains, resulting in flash floods and inadequate drainage have turned harmless puddles into active mosquito breeding sites. These larvae are given space and time to turn into adult mosquitos who then infect people. “Containing these diseases has been a challenge given the operational environment and scale of this conflict, but WHO remains committed to the people of Yemen. These vector control measures along with sustained community involvement can improve vector control efforts substantially. We will continue working with local health authorities to fight all diseases that serve as a threat to public health in Yemen,” said Altaf Musani, WHO Representative in Yemen.

A vessel carrying 6.43 million litres of fuel prevented from berthing at Hodeidah port (11 November)

A vessel carrying 6.43 million litres of fuel for hospitals and water treatment plants has been prevented from berthing at Hodeidah port. This fuel is part of WFP’s Bilateral Service Provision support for the humanitarian community, ensuring that the health sector has power and communities have access to clean water. So far in 2019, WFP’s BSP team has imported 22.74 million litres of fuel, supporting 181 hospitals and 48 local water and sanitation facilities across Yemen.

WFP investigates date bars (November 2019)

WFP is investigating an issue with the packaging of the date bars distributed as part of our School Feeding programme. All date bars with damaged packaging are being separated from the unaffected stock. WFP is currently providing 665,000 children in more than 1,500 schools with date bars, giving students with the nutritious boost they need to grow and learn. From January 2020, we will expand the school feeding programme to reach 1.2 million children across Yemen.

UNFPA Response in Yemen (31 Oct 2019)

With rigorous resource mobilization efforts, UNFPA has been able to open up reproductive health and protection services that were suspended due to the lack of funding, since August 2019, and continue operations of existing services till the end of the year. To keep reaching the most vulnerable women and girls, UNFPA appealed for US$110.5 million for its response in 2019. To date, only 70 per cent of funding has been received. Read more:

About the food in Aden warehouse (30 October)

The food stored at an Al Saeed Trading Co warehouse in Aden is commercial food belonging to the trader. This food is not part of the 130,000 metric tonnes of humanitarian assistance that WFP distributes each month to over 12 million people. Every month, WFP provides vulnerable families with flour, pulses, oil, sugar and salt. 

WFP reaches families trapped in Yemen’s Durayhimi City (22 October)

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has reached families trapped in Yemen’s Durayhimi City with much-needed humanitarian assistance. This is only the second time in over a year that WFP has been able to reach the town which lies about 20 kms south of the port city of Hodeidah. 

Operational presence in Yemen

Some 114 UN agencies, international & national organizations delivered humanitarian assistance in September to those most in need in all 333 districts in Yemen. For more details on the operational presence of humanitarian organizations: Who is doing What and Where?:

WFP Yemen Update.

In September, WFP assisted 12.22 million people, achieving 95 percent of the monthly target.
The amount of people assisted via cash assistance is the highest yet with over 450,000 people reached in three governorates in the South. In October, WFP reached the hard-to-reach area of Durayhimi City in Hudaydah, providing assistance to some 200 civilians. WFP provided immediate response rations and general food assistance alongside dignity and hygiene kits, water and medical supplies and nutritious products for the population. This is the second time WFP has reached this population in 2019. WFP’s Bilateral Service Provision (BSP) has delivered fuel to 181 health facilities on behalf of WHO and 48 water treatment facilities on behalf of UNICEF as part of the cholera response. BSP is also delivering Oral Rehydration Salt (ORS) kits consisting of a 4-month supply of ORS, aqua-tabs and jerry cans to beneficiaries through WFP’s General Food Distribution (GFD).  For information:

Cholera in Yemen, 21 July 2019

21 July 2019 - The Ministry of Public Health and Population of Yemen reported 19,459 suspected cases of cholera with 11 associated deaths during epidemiological week 29 (15 to 21 July) of 2019. Ten percent of cases were severe. The cumulative total number of suspected cholera cases from 1 January 2018 to 21 July 2019 is 885,982, with 1259 associated deaths (CFR 0.14%). Children under five represent 24.2 % of total suspected cases during 2019. The outbreak has affected 22 of 23 governorates and 301 of 333 districts in Yemen. For more information: