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Statement from UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake and WHO Director-General Margaret Chan on the cholera outbreak in Yemen as suspected cases exceed 200,000
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 24 June 2017 – The rapidly spreading cholera outbreak in Yemen has exceeded 200,000 suspected cases, increasing at an average of 5,000 a day. We are now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world.
In just two months, cholera has spread to almost every governorate of this war-torn country. Already more than 1,300 people have died – one quarter of them children – and the death toll is expected to rise.
This deadly cholera outbreak is the direct consequence of two years of heavy conflict. Collapsing health, water and sanitation systems have cut off 14.5 million people from regular access to clean water and sanitation, increasing the ability of the disease to spread. Rising rates of malnutrition have weakened children’s health and made them more vulnerable to disease. An estimated 30,000 dedicated local health workers who play the largest role in ending this outbreak [have not been paid their salaries for nearly 10 months.
We urge all authorities inside the country to pay these salaries and, above all, we call on all parties to end this devastating conflict.
originally posted by: Zcustosmorum
a reply to: worldstarcountry
It strikes me as odd that the current head of the UN Human Rights Commission has not prioritized addressing this matter.
The United States and Saudi Arabia wouldn't like it
originally posted by: worldstarcountry
a reply to: rickymouse
It is going to be difficult to get ahead of the situation until the Saudi coalition ends their bombing campaign of anything standing in Yemen. But at the very least those heath workers need to get paid. It is commendable and noble of them to risk their lives to save and help others and do whats right. But they have families too, and they need support first and foremost otherwise there won't be workers to help.