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King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre supports WHO with US$ 11 million to control cholera in Yemen

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21 February 2018 – The World Health Organization (WHO) and the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSRelief) have signed 3 new projects to enhance cholera response and control in Yemen.

The projects, totaling US$ 11 million, will enable WHO to implement life-saving interventions for detection, monitoring, treatment and prevention of cholera across the country under the framework of the Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations.

“This new fund will allow WHO to build on the interventions and concerted efforts already made last year to control cholera outbreak and prevent potential future outbreaks. These 3 projects will focus on three key elements required to control the disease — diagnosis, prevention and monitoring,” said Dr Nevio Zagaria, WHO Representative in Yemen. 

In 2017, KSRelief provided WHO with US$ 22.7 million to combat cholera and deliver life-saving medicines and supplies to diarrhoea treatment centres and oral rehydration therapy corners in all affected governorates.

Since April 2017 to 17 February 2018, more than 1 060 000 suspected cases of cholera and 2250 deaths have been reported in Yemen. However, the weekly number of cases has been steadily decreasing for the last 22 consecutive weeks.

Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s) 25 235
Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure) 3.9
Primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 1.5
Life expectancy 65.7

Source: Country statistical profiles 2017

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