June 26, 2017    1 minute read

World’s Worst Cholera Outbreak in Yemen

   June 26, 2017    1 minute read

World’s Worst Cholera Outbreak in Yemen

UNICEF and the World Health Organisation say that over 200,000 people have been infected and this number will rise through the summer.

Editor’s Remarks: After two years of war between the Saudi-backed Hadi government and Iran-backed Houthi forces, Yemen’s water, sanitation and healthcare infrastructure is close to collapse and clean water is in short supply. Over seven million of the country’s 28 million population is close to famine and widespread malnutrition, especially amongst children, is leaving large swathes of the population susceptible to the waterborne disease. The UN has laid the blame on protagonists of both sides of the conflict, calling the outbreak a man-made humanitarian catastrophe, and UNICEF has demanded improved access for aid agencies to treat those in need. Over the weekend, newly ascendant 31-year old Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman donated $66m to the WHO and UNICEF to fight the outbreak, but he may need to also concentrate on ways to resolve the conflict in his role as Saudi foreign minister.

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