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WHO's cholera response in Yemen

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Sana'a, 28 November 2016 — To date, 7001 suspected cases of cholera, including 72 associated deaths have been reported in Sana’a City and Aden, Amran, Al Hudaydah, Al-Bayda‘a, Al-Dhale’a, Ibb, Hajjah, Lahij, Ta’izz and Sana’a governorates. Of these, 113 cases have been laboratory-confirmed as Vibrio cholerae.

While there is a decline in the rate of increase, new cases continue to be reported in communities where no intervention has taken place.

WHO is working with the Ministry of Public Health and Population of Yemen, UNICEF, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and other partner nongovernmental organizations on the ground to coordinate the overall response to this outbreak.

WHO is also supporting social mobilization and health education campaign among citizens to raise their awareness on prevention of cholera and other diarrhoeal diseases through enhancing hygiene.

More than 7.6 million people are currently living in areas affected by the current outbreak.

The revised integrated cholera response plan requires US$ 25.5 million for prevention, treatment and health education, as well as water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) activities; however, less than 30% of this amount has been received so far.

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WHO has supported the establishment of a diarrhoea disease centre in Al-Sadaqa Hospital in Aden in addition to 25 other centres in YemenWHO has supported the establishment of a diarrhoea disease centre in Al-Sadaqa Hospital in Aden in addition to 25 other centres in Yemen WHO has trained more than 600 medics and paramedics on cholera detection, reporting and case managementWHO has trained more than 600 medics and paramedics on cholera detection, reporting and case management
Water wells have been tested and chlorinated by WHO-supported rapid response team in all cholera-hit districtsWHO warehouse in Al-Hudaydah has delivered IV fluids to hospitals in areas affected by acute watery diarrhoea cholera
Two thirds of Yemenis do not have access to clean water and sanitation services are limited, especially in cities, further increasing the risk of catching choleraTwo thirds of Yemenis do not have access to clean water and sanitation services are limited, especially in cities, further increasing the risk of catching cholera
WHO has supported the establishment of 26 diarrhoea treatment centres in Yemen to contain cholera outbreakWHO has supported the establishment of 26 diarrhoea treatment centres in Yemen to contain cholera outbreak Water wells have been tested and chlorinated by WHO-supported rapid response team in all cholera-hit districtsWater wells have been tested and chlorinated by WHO-supported rapid response team in all cholera-hit districts

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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