Yemen conflict: Cholera risk for more than a million children

A girl infected with cholera lies on the ground at a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen (7 May 2017)Image copyright

More than a million children in Yemen are at high risk of dying from cholera, says Save the Children.

The charity warns that the children are severely malnourished, and living in some of the areas of the country worst hit by the disease.

The number of people infected with the disease during the country’s civil war has already reached more than 430,000.

Malnourished children are at least three times more likely to die if they are infected with cholera.

It is because their immune systems are weakened and they become less capable of fighting off the water-borne disease.

Out of the million severely malnourished children under five living in Yemen’s cholera hotspots, the charity says 200,000 are at imminent risk of starving to death.

More than 1,900 people have died of the disease since April, a third of them were under 15 years old.

Media playback is unsupported on your device

Media captionWatch: The reality of life in Yemen

Cholera is easy to treat, but with two years of war destroying much of the health system, and continued restrictions on urgently needed medical and food supplies, the charity says Yemen’s children are “trapped in a cycle of starvation and sickness”.

Tamer Kirolos, Save the Children’s country director for Yemen, said: “The tragedy is both malnutrition and cholera are easily treatable if you have access to basic healthcare.

“But hospitals and clinics have been destroyed, government health workers haven’t been paid for almost a year, and the delivery of vital aid is being obstructed.”

Source link

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *