Cholera is only one of Yemen’s many health crises, which have been wreaking havoc on the country for the past two and a half years. There are over 900 cholera cases every day in Yemen; that’s more than 6000 people contracting the disease every week – nearly 10 per cent of all those infected have died so far. Furthermore, there are 1.3 million suspected cases of acute malnutrition among children under the age of five, up about 170 percent from 2014 levels, or roughly one child out of every five suffering from acute malnutrition.
Two and a half years ago, where just 65000 people were suffering from cholera, there are now more than 1.4 million cases in Yemen – the largest cholera outbreak ever recorded in any country in a single year.
Children are still dying from preventable causes including diarrhoea and respiratory infections that might be treated with antibiotics or simple medical supplies like oxygen and ventilators, according to Save the Children. Many of these issues can be handled by removing import restrictions on essential commercial commodities, allowing relief agencies to work more efficiently. To save millions of lives, immediate humanitarian assistance is required.
Raise Urgent Funds $2 billion (US$1.9 billion) will Provide:
The conflict has brought everything to a grinding halt, from essential services like water and sanitation to medical care and education. In only one week last year, 32 attacks on health facilities killed seven aid workers and injured more than 50 people.
The scale of the needs is enormous. Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the region and has long been making progress towards development targets. Conflict, on the other hand, is now reversing this progress – the first time a war has ever impacted a country’s economic growth.
Two-thirds of all Yemeni children are out of school; 1 million children under five have severe acute malnutrition, putting them at risk of death; over 2 million pregnant mothers require assistance, as do more than 3 million people displaced from their homes by conflict.
The World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a global appeal to raise urgent funds for those in need of food, water, medicines. The Yemen appeal aims to raise $2.0 billion (US$1.9 billion) for 2018 to provide immediate food and nutrition assistance as well as life-saving health care and emergency medical supplies to the most vulnerable one million people across Yemen.
WFP has already provided food assistance to 5 million people impacted by the crisis, but it is not enough. This funding gap prevents us from reaching 12 million people who urgently need help with their most basic survival needs of food, water and medical care.
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From This Week, WFP is Beginning a Campaign:
- Food, nutrition assistance and life-saving health support to 1 million of Yemen’s most vulnerable people, including 400,000 malnourished children.
- 100,000 pregnant women.
- Over 300,000 internally displaced families and refugees from neighbouring countries.
- Two million people live in the newly liberated areas in the north, which are facing extreme shortages of basic household supplies.
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Every day, the situation worsens: approximately one child dies from a preventable disease every 10 minutes, and 16 million people go untreated for disease.
The conflict in Yemen has already created severe shortages of food and fuel, which have doubled prices in some places. This crisis can only get worse if more money is not urgently provided to assist now – ensuring adequate nutrition and health supplies for those most in need.
The situation is dire, but we can turn things around for Yemen’s people with the proper support. Millions could yet live everyday life without fear or hunger, but they need our help. Would you please donate to the Yemen appeal today?