Yemen's cholera outbreak now the worst in history as millionth case looms
The cholera epidemic in Yemen has become the largest and fastest-spreading outbreak of the disease in modern history, with a million cases expected by the end of the year and at least 600,000 children likely to be affected.
The World Health Organization has reported more than 815,000 suspected cases of the disease in Yemen and 2,156 deaths. About 4,000 suspected cases are being reported daily, more than half of which are among children under 18. Children under five account for a quarter of all cases....
Cholera should be easily treatable with oral rehydration salts and access to clean water. But Mariam Aldogani, Save the Childrenâ€™s health adviser for the city of Hodeidah, said conditions in the country had made this very difficult.
â€śAll the NGOs are trying to increase the knowledge of how to prevent the disease, because itâ€™s preventable, you have to boil the water. But if you donâ€™t have money to buy gas, and you have to walk a long way to get the wood, how can you boil the water?â€ť
Aldogani, who has been a doctor since 2006, said witnessing the suffering of her patients was deeply painful. â€śI saw one young man, he had cholera and severe dehydration. He was in a coma and he died in front of his mother. We tried our best, but he came too late and she was crying, and I cried. It makes me angry. When I see a mother lose her baby, especially a stillbirth, she waits for this baby for a long time and then she loses it because of cholera, it makes me so angry.
â€śThe war is a big problem for us, itâ€™s a wound. But with the cholera, you have the wound and you put salt in the wound. It hurts. I hope this war can be stopped. We need peace for the children of Yemen. Our situation before the war was not good, but it was not like this