Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Yemen Faces World's Worst Cholera Outbreak

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Yemen Faces World's Worst Cholera Outbreak

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Twenty ambulances, 100 cholera kits and other equipment, and 128 000 bags of intravenous fluids were among a 403-tonne WHO shipment that arrived in Yemen last month.

But delivering medical supplies to vulnerable people across Yemen is a major logistical challenge in this conflictaffected country with its damaged port infrastructures.

In June, outgoing WHO Director-General Margaret Chan and Executive Director Anthony Lake of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) issued a statement highlighting the rapidly spreading cholera outbreak with more than 200 000 suspected cases, increasing at an average of 5000 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 1300 people have died--one quarter of them children--and the death toll is expected to rise," they said.

The agencies have been working around the clock to detect and track the spread of disease. …

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