Yemen is facing the world’s worst cholera outbreak.
After two years of heavy conflict vital health, water and sanitation facilities in Yemen are collapsing and children are paying the heaviest price. Every ten minutes a child in Yemen dies from preventable causes.
“Children are dying because the conflict is preventing them from getting the health care and nutrition they urgently need. Their immune systems are weak from months of hunger,”
Dr Relañok, UNICEF representative Yemen.
Now a deadly cholera outbreak is sweeping across the country and children, who are already weak from hunger, are facing the threat of this deadly disease. In the last three months alone, there have been 400,000 suspected cases of cholera. Without vital infrastructure like health and water facilities the disease is spreading rapidly, with 5,000 new cases every day.
Cholera, which is a preventable disease, can kill in a matter of hours. 1,900 people have already died, a quarter of them children. A child suffering from cholera needs immediate help. 80% of cholera cases can be successfully treated with oral rehydration salts, a simple sachet which costs just 9 cents can help save a child suffering from cholera.
UNICEF is scaling up its response to deliver vital medical supplies and clean water to children and their families. We have delivered enough rehydration salts to treat 10,000 people, but with your help we can reach so many more. You Please donate today to help provide lifesaving supplies to children in Yemen.