Charity warns millions are at risk of cholera and dysentery in Yemen
For those living in Yemen, life is tough. Not only is the country in a state of ongoing violence, but a deadly outbreak of cholera and dysentery is sweeping the nation, putting the health of millions of people at risk.
The conflict in Yemen has severely damaged the country’s infrastructure. As a result, public services are unable to function, leaving civilians without access to the essentials they need – including clean, safe water. Because of this, people have no choice but to drink, bathe and cook with dirty, contaminated water through which diseases, such as cholera and dysentery, are transmitted.
For those who become ill and require medical attention, aid is in short supply. Less than 45 percent of the country’s hospitals are functioning, and those that are open are extremely overcrowded, leaving people without the assistance they urgently need.
According to the World Health Organisation, approximately 1,500 people have lost their lives due to this epidemic. With a further 240,000 people estimated to have contracted diseases like cholera and dysentery, and with so many lives under threat, it’s important that we do what we can to help.
Offering first-hand response
One charity that is offering assistance is Human Appeal. With dedicated staff and volunteers on the ground in Yemen, the charity is working hard to offer the first-hand response, providing life-saving aid to thousands of vulnerable people.
Through its Yemen Crisis Appeal, the non-profit organization has played an important role in rebuilding the lives of men, women, and children across the country. Up to now, the charity has delivered safe, clean drinking water to over 49,000 people.
Previously known as Human Appeal International, the charity has also removed rubbish from the streets and resolved problems in regards to the country’s sewage systems. To improve sanitation further, Human Appeal has educated 23,000 people on the importance of hygiene. The charity has provided help and advice about the causes of diseases and how to prevent them from spreading.
How you can help
There’s no denying that the situation in Yemen is shocking. So that Human Appeal can continue to do its work, the charity needs your help.
Whether you can afford to give a little or a lot, your generosity will enable the organization to carry on providing aid and supplies to help slow down and eventually stop the spread of diseases like cholera and dysentery.