The world's worst humanitarian crisis
Violent clashes between the Huthi movement and a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia are responsible for the war. Death is lurking everywhere as diseases and hunger are omnipresent. As a result of the war, the health system has completely collapsed and food prices have risen sharply. A total of 24 million people in Yemen are in need – that's more than two thirds of the population.
In October 2016, the world's worst cholera epidemic to date broke out in Yemen, threatening the population in addition to hunger and the danger of attacks. The drinking water and sewage systems were destroyed by the attacks, so water sources are contaminated in many places. In 2019 alone there were over half a million cholera cases in Yemen.
In April 2020, there were even worse news: A first case of corona has been officially confirmed, the number of unreported cases is likely to be much higher due to a lack of testing possibilities. If the virus spreads, the crisis in Yemen will worsen even further. The few health centres that exist are not able to cope with a pandemic.
Fighting cholera and COVID-19
Help is currently setting up six health centers in the Hajjah region in which a total of 6,500 cholera patients can be treated. For this purpose we have trained local medical staff with regard to cholera treatment, WASH cluster standards as well as hygiene education. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, we have added trainings on COVID-19 infection prevention and control. Helpalso provides urgently needed medical equipment and medication.
In addition, we are teaching 1,600 households about preventive measures to prevent diseases such as cholera. In this way we reach around 11,000 people and reduce the risk of infection. Moreover, Help distributes hygiene packages which include water filters in order to give families access to clean drinking water.
- 30 million people are affected by the war (08/2019)
- Around 24 million people are in need humanitarian aid (02/2019)
- Over 19 million Yemenis lack access to adequate health care (02/2019)
- 3.6 million people are displaced within Yemen (10/2019)
- 66% of the population suffer from a hunger crisis (04/2019)
- 35,512 suspected cholera cases in January 2020 alone
- Installation and operation of five small medical stations and one large medical station
- Provision of medicines, medical equipment and transport of patients
- Training of local medical and administrative staff
- Implementation of household training courses on cholera prevention, early detection and household hygiene
- Distribution of cholera kits (hygiene packages) to trained households