Yemen: UNICEF airlifts life-saving supplies to cholera region as cases pass 200,000 mark

28th June 2017

DUBLIN / SANA’A, 28 June 2017 – Three UNICEF charter planes have delivered 36 tonnes of lifesaving medical and water purification supplies to Yemen as part of efforts to scale up the childrens’ agency’s response to the world’s worst cholera outbreak.

The supplies included, 750,000 sachets of Oral Rehydration Salt (ORS) – enough to treat 10,000 people; 10.5 million water purification tablets and other sanitation items.

“We are in a race against time. Our teams are working with partners not only to provide treatment to the sick and raise awareness among communities, but also to rapidly replenish and distribute supplies and medicines”, said Dr Sherin Varkey, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Yemen. “More airlifts of critical supplies will continue in the coming days.”

In just two months, cholera has spread to almost every governorate of Yemen. Already more than 1,300 people have died – one quarter of them children. Civil servants, including doctors, nurses, water engineers and rubbish collectors have not been paid for nearly 10 months.

Since the outbreak was reported on 27 April, UNICEF has distributed over 600,000 ORS sachets and 20,000 Intravenous (IV) fluids to oral rehydration points and at homes. With partners, UNICEF has supported the establishment of 488 oral rehydration therapy points and more than 20 Diarrhoea Treatment Centres across the country.

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For more information, please contact:

Aedín Donnelly, Communications and Media Manager for UNICEF Ireland | aedin@unicef.ie | Tel: +353 1 809 0281 | Mob: +353 85 1395272

Bismarck Swangin, UNICEF Yemen | bswangin@unicef.org | Tel: +967 712 223 161 (English)

Juliette Touma, UNICEF MENA Regional Office | +962 798 674 628 |  jtouma@unicef.org

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