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Yemen: cholera and food insecurity

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Since March 2015 there has been war in Yemen. 18.8 million people - 70% of the population – are in need of humanitarian aid.

Large parts of the country's infrastructure have been destroyed, over 10,000 people have been killed and millions displaced. Seven million people are suffering from hunger; half of the population has no access to clean drinking water.

Breakdown of health care

Nearly 15 million people in Yemen have no access to basic health care. According to the World Health Organization, less than 45 percent of health care facilities in the country are still fully functional. Furthermore, the supply of medicines can no longer be guaranteed, as the quantity of imported drugs has reduced by 70 per cent since the fighting began.


In October 2016 a cholera outbreak was reported in Yemen. Since that time, the number of cases has been increasing dramatically. In mid-July 2017, the World Health Organization reported more than 320,000 cases and 1,700 victims.

Children are particularly affected. Many children who died of cholera had already been weakened by malnourishment. If a cholera is not treated, 15 per cent of the patients with die within a few hours. Cholera are transmitted via sewage contaminated with faeces, which is why the disease spreads rapidly in areas where infrastructure is damaged by conflicts or catastrophes.

action medeor supplies medical aid

To support the suffering Yemeni population, action medeor supports local healthcare facilities with medical aid. Seven tons of medicines, infusion solutions and therapeutic food have already been sent to Yemen. Further deliveries are in preparation.