Blockade and conflict worsening cholera outbreak Blockade and conflict worsening cholera outbreak

Families facing cholera and starvation in Yemen

Families facing cholera and starvation in Yemen

No food, no medicine, no supplies.

Yemen currently has the greatest level of humanitarian need in the world.

Armed conflict has lead to more than 20 million people – 80 per cent of the population – being in desperate need of assistance. Most of them are women and children.

Johan Mooij, CARE’s Country Director in Yemen, said: “You can hear the gun shots, RPG firing, and the tanks metres away as we spend most of our day taking shelter in the basement.” The situation is made worse by the blockade on Yemen’s borders which means only limited aid is getting in – placing lives at even greater risk.

Food reserves and vaccine supplies are depleting quickly with nowhere near enough to help all those in need.

CARE is in Yemen, getting what provisions we can into the country, to provide live-saving food, water and medical supplies to those in need, thousands of whom will suffer from disease outbreaks if CARE cannot get to them in time.

More than 872,000 Yemenis are already believed to have been infected with cholera, and more than 2,100 of them have died as a result.

The World Health Organisation has called it “the worst cholera outbreak in the world.”

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The conflict is worsening the dire humanitarian situation. “This cholera outbreak could not have come at a worse time,” says CARE Yemen’s Country Director, Wael Ibrahim. “Millions of Yemenis are already facing multiple crises that threaten their survival.”

The conflict has damaged hospitals, schools, roads and ports and electricity, making it incredibly difficult to respond to this latest crisis.

Families are now at a greater risk of death as they face the combined threats of conflict, famine and cholera.

How CARE is helping

CARE is one of the few international aid agencies already on the ground, braving the conflict to deliver aid. We have already reached 1.7 million people with lifesaving water and food.

Working with local partner organisations, we are repairing water systems, constructing toilets, distributing hygiene kits and relief supplies.

To limit the spread of cholera, CARE is providing safe water to public facilities like hospitals and schools and supporting solid waste disposal through clean up campaigns in public spaces.

We are doing everything possible to ensure children and families have something to eat by distributing food and cash, often in hard-to-reach areas.

You can help families in crisis by donating to our Global Emergency Fund.