With an estimated 24 million people in need of some kind of assistance or protection, the crisis in Yemen remains the worst in the world driven by conflict, disease, economic collapse and the breakdown of public services.
A staggering 80 per cent of the entire population requires some form of humanitarian assistance and protection. Three years ago Yemen suffered the worst cholera outbreak in modern times and for the past 18 months, the country has been on the brink of famine.
In 2020, severe flooding has devastated southern communities and fueled the spread of diseases such as malaria, dengue and cholera. However, the most catastrophic threat facing Yemen today is the COVID-19 pandemic which is spreading rapidly and unchecked across the country. Public health officials have warned that the combination of extreme vulnerability and low immunity is putting the population at risk. Unless steps to suppress and address COVID-19 are scaled up, the virus is likely to spread faster and more widely than almost anywhere else.
The ETC continues to support humanitarian operations on the ground through the provision of emergency coordination, security telecommunications and connectivity services to the response community. The ETC is liaising with World Health Organisation to upgrade/establish Ministry of Public Health and Population hotlines in Sana'a and Aden to act as COVID-19 information channels for the population.