Treating a Deadly Outbreak
The conflict in Yemen, which began in March 2015, has become a full-blown humanitarian emergency. Indiscriminate attacks are being carried out with no respect for civilians or civilian infrastructures such as hospitals, schools and markets. Data from the UN states 18 million people are in need of humanitarian aid, 3 million people are internally displaced and tens of thousands of injuries and fatalities have occurred.
Poor conditions have made the population of Yemen particularly vulnerable. Due to poor sanitation and lack of safe drinking water, a cholera outbreak began spreading in April 2017. By June 17th, it was reported by the World Health Organization that the number of cholera cases had reached 151,400 and 19 out of 22 governorates had been affected.
MSF teams are now running 9 cholera treatment centres (CTCs), 7 cholera treatment units and two stabilisation units in 9 governorates. MSF now plans to focus on hygiene promotion in hard-to-reach areas as well as the chlorination of wells. Additionally, CTC patients will receive hygiene and disinfection kits.
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