World Bank announces US$200 million to combat cholera in Yemen
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 03-Sep-2017

Washington, September 3: Yemen is continuously suffering from the dual attack i.e civil war and another one from the outbreak of cholera. The death toll in Yemen has reached to 2,016 while suspected cholera cases have reached to 5,54,197 due to the massive outbreak of cholera in the whole country since April 2017. Therefore, the World Bank announced US$200 million grant to support Yemen as it struggles to contain one of the world’s largest cholera outbreaks.

 

Notably, the World Bank announced financial assistance of US$200 million to support Yemen to strengthen the country's health, water and sanitation systems, addressing the source of the epidemic and improving systems to prevent future outbreaks.

The support package financed by the new grant will include the training of 7,500 health workers, strengthening the local capacity to treat and manage cholera cases, provision of bulk chlorination of water supplies, rehabilitation of critical wastewater treatment plants, supporting mass communication and social mobilization campaigns, and supporting one the largest ever cholera vaccine campaigns aiming to reach millions of Yemenis.

The Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank, Kristalina Georgieva said, “With Yemen suffering the world’s worst cholera outbreak and more than half a million people infected in just the last five months, its people desperately need access to clean water and sanitation, as well as a functioning health system.”

The World Bank’s continuing investment in Yemen’s health and water infrastructure is even more critical in a time of conflict because we must respond not just to the immediate crisis but also ensure that, when peace is restored, its people are fit and ready to rebuild their country,” the CEO added.

Yemen is suffering very badly due to cholera. 22 out of 23 governorates except for Socotra i.e 96% while 300 out of 333 districts i.e 90% are affected by cholera. Children and the elderly are the hardest hit: more than 41% of the suspected cases since the outbreak and a quarter of the deaths are children, while old people represent 30% of fatalities.

 

Due to cholera till now 2,016 people have lost their lives while suspected cases have reached to 5,54,197. At least 3000 people per day are infected and affected due to cholera. Earlier, in 2011, some 719,377 suspected cases of cholera were recorded in Haiti, and 8,767 people died, according to national figures cited by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Interestingly, an epidemic late last year faded but outbreaks are frequent and made worse by the degrading of health and sanitation systems by more than two years of civil war that has also killed at least 10,000 people and displaced millions.