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Act before time runs out, urges UNICEF, as Yemen grapples with 'unprecedented' cholera outbreak

1.6.17

Act before time runs out, urges UNICEF, as Yemen grapples with 'unprecedented' cholera outbreak [globalsecurity.org] - 31 May 2017 – Amid an "unprecedented" increase in suspected cholera cases in war-torn Yemen – where medical facilities are teetering on the edge of collapse – the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has stepped up its response but warned that time may be "running out." "More and more children die every day in Yemen from preventable causes like malnutrition and cholera," said Geert Cappelaere, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, in a statement yesterday. "Anyone with a heart for children cannot let the situation continue. Stop the conflict [now]," he urged. According to the UN agency, more than 65,000 suspected cases of the deadly disease have been reported in the country, of which about 10,000 were reported in the past 72 hours alone. Some 532 people, including 109 children have succumbed to the disease over the past month. The numbers are feared to rise as more cases are verified. Responding to the outbreak, UNICEF has sent in three aircrafts carrying over 40 metric tonnes of lifesaving supplies including medicines, oral rehydration salts (ORS), diarrhoea disease kits and intravenous fluids to treat more than 50,000 patients.


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