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.
Humanitarian partners estimate that 13.1 million people in Yemen—over half of the population—need some form of humanitarian assistance. Conflict has subsided, but food insecurity and malnutrition are prevalent across the country, and the resumption of normal livelihoods is undermined by extensive damage and loss of assets.