Yemen and Cholera Crisis: 300,000 Cases Expected and a Death Tool Risen to 242

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In 2017 the world is facing big challenges and tremendous crisis. It’s undoubted that we are suffering, every day, bad situations under multiple aspects: wars, financial collapse, social tensions, corrupted values, terrorism, epidemics, famines, natural disasters, etc. The general sentiment is that there’s no safe place in the world and each Country is being affected (more or less, in a way or another – Ed.).

 

In this article we would like to bring to your attention what’s happening in Yemen: a Cholera epidemic in the middle of a devastating endless war.

What’s cholera?

Cholera is an infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrhoea, which can lead to dehydration and even death if untreated. It is caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with a bacterium called Vibrio cholerae.
(Source: WebMD).

yemeni baby treatment against cholera
A Yemeni baby revives treatment at the Sabaeen hospital in Sanaa, Yemen | Mohammed Hamoud /Anadolu Agency

What are the Countries affected?

According to the WHO, in 2015 172,454 cases and 1,304 deaths of cholera were reported, affecting several countries (Africa, Asia and Americas). Cholera remains a major public health problem and affect primarily developing world populations with no proper access to adequate water and sanitation resources.

 

What’s the terrible situation in Yemen?

While the data above refers to 2015, this is what’s happening in Yemen two years later.
In a Country already devastated by an endless war – and among the silence of media – another terrible crisis is going on: a Cholera epidemic that is killing hundreds of people.
According to the World Health Organization, in May 2017 about 23,500 suspected cases have been registered in the past three weeks and the death toll has risen to at least 242.

This cholera epidemic is growing so fast that there could be as many as 300,000 cases within six months. With hospitals already full of patients and airports closed, it’s severely difficult to bring enough medicines and to cure everyone.

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With the number of casualties having surpassed the normal rates, a state of emergency was declared in Yemen’s opposition-held capital, Sanaa. This is the second outbreak of cholera in the country, in less than a year. And it’s creating a humanitarian crisis, worsened by a two years destructive war, the lack of functioning medical facilities and the difficulty to access to safe drinking water, the UN has said.

Therefore, in a country where 17 million people lack sufficient food and at least three million children are malnourished and in “grave peril”, the health system is collapsing and unable to cope with the situation.

yemen child

So what’s more important nowadays? Who will win the next Champions League Final or how to solve the global crisis we are experiencing all around the world – most of them maybe caused by us humans?

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