WHO hails UAE-Saudi $20 million grant to battle cholera in Yemen

June 1, 2019

The World Health Organisation ( WHO ) has hailed the US$20 million provided by the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to battle cholera in Yemen.

“The UAE-Saudi economic assistance is favorable to quitting the occurrence of cholera in the communities most heavily affected by the illness while helping in building capabilities to build an efficient and quick response to the epidemic in the future,” said Altaf S. Musani, Consultant and Head of Mission at World Health Organisation, in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE on April 9, 2019, pledged $200 million worth of aid to Yemen.

Around $140 million is allocated to the World Food Programme to bridge the funding gaps for food requirements, while $40m will go to the UNICEF to address sterilization problems and malnutrition among women and children.

WHO will get $20m to help control cholera in 147 most heavily impacted places by increasing the number of medical centers and vaccination promotions, and providing clean water and sterilization services.

The world organization has claimed that the two countries have provided a total of $145 .6 million in aid since 2018 , thanks to which two million women have got crisis reproductive health services in Q1-2019 in addition to repairing 25 first-aid facilities in remote areas inhabited by Internally Displaced People along with offering healthcare services to around 50 ,000 people and vaccinating 18 million against cholera , diphtheria , measles , polio and also German measles .

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