Yemen: More than two million cases of cholera in 3 years

November 16, 2019

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that te number of cholera cases reported in yemen from 2016 to 2019 is more than 2 million cases.

In its report on the cholera situation in Yemen, as of August 2019, WHO noted that Yemen has suffered from three outbreaks of cholera in the past 23 months due to the collapse of the health sector and the high rates of malnutrition among women and children, who are most the vulnerable to the disease
The war disrupted sewage networks and cut water project expenditures, which contributed to the spread of choleraand deteriorating humanitarian situation in Yemen.

Lack of clean water supply
Some 17.8 million suffer from a lack of safe water supply and sanitation, and 19.7 million do not have access to adequate health care, according to UN reports.

The five governorates with the highest cumulative attack rate of cholera are Amran, Mahwit, Sana’a, Al Bayda and Dhamar, while the governorates of Hajjah, Ibb and Hodeidah have recorded large numbers of deaths.

International reports have warned of a new outbreak of cholera in Yemen in the first half of this year, with the possibility of rising with climate change and the coming rainy season.

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