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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Excavating sewage lines for rehabilitation.
Excavating sewage lines for rehabilitation.

USAID is helping address the underlying issues of limited access to safe water and sanitation.

Yemen is currently in the grip of one of the worst humanitarian disasters on the planet, derived from over five years of active conflict. Access to basic services has been drastically reduced against a backdrop of increasing rates of food insecurity, malnutrition, the reemergence of cholera, and near complete economic collapse. The unprecedented cholera outbreak that began in April 2017 is evidence of serious erosion of health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) systems. Municipal water infrastructure and systems are disintegrated and only 51 percent of health facilities are functional. As a result, over 17.8 million people have limited or no access to safe drinking water, sanitation, or hygiene services. As of July 2019, cholera affected 96 percent of the governorates in Yemen, with the number of suspected cases since April 2017 nearly 1.9 million, including 3,470 deaths.

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Last updated: February 06, 2020

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