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June 24 2017


Yemen hit by world's worst cholera outbreak as cases reach 200,000

from United Nations News Centre:


24 June 2017 – Yemen is now facing the worst cholera outbreak in the world, with suspected cases exceeding 200,000 and the number increasing at an average of 5,000 a day, the United Nations warned today.

In a joint statement, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Anthony Lake and World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan said that in just two months, cholera has spread to almost every governorate of this war-torn country.

Already more than 1,300 people have died – one quarter of them children – and the death toll is expected to rise.

“UNICEF, WHO and our partners are racing to stop the acceleration of this deadly outbreak,” they said, also calling on authorities in Yemen to strengthen their internal efforts to stop the outbreak from spreading further.

“This deadly cholera outbreak is the direct consequence of two years of heavy conflict,” the UN officials said, noting that collapsing health, water and sanitation systems have cut off 14.5 million people from regular access to clean water and sanitation, increasing the ability of the disease to spread.

The UN officials also said that rising rates of malnutrition have weakened children's health and made them more vulnerable to disease.

An estimated 30,000 dedicated local health workers who play the largest role in ending this outbreak have not been paid their salaries for nearly 10 months.

“We urge all authorities inside the country to pay these salaries and, above all, we call on all parties to end this devastating conflict,” they said.

Reposted byRekrut-KKryptonite

June 21 2017


June 15 2017


@WHOYemen: To date, 135,207 suspected cholera cases and 974 deaths have been reported in 87% (20/23) of Yemen's governorates

June 14 2017

  • @WHOYemen: Oral rehydration solution (ORS) can successfully treat 80% of cholera patients, both adults and children goo.gl/KS8roo

  • @WHOYemen: Oral rehydration solution (ORS) has to be given early at home to avert delays in rehydration and death.

January 01 2014


Tibetan exiles ask WHO to stop politicizing public health

The Stop-TB Partnership chose the Delek Hospital, a pioneer hospital managed by Tibetan exiles in India, for the 2013 Kochon Prize that also carries $65,000 cash award. The award required approval from the Director General of WHO, Margaret Chan. However, days before the award was to be presented to Dr. Tseten Sadutsang, Chinese diplomats had reportedly stormed into the offices of Stop-TB Partnership objecting the decision.

“I was shocked to find out how the Chinese government flexes its political muscle deep within the seemingly apolitical World Health Organization,” said Dr. Kunchok Dorjee, who directed the Tibetan TB program at Delek Hospital.

Mark Harrington of the Treatment Action Group said to the Wall Street Journal, "It's a violation of the mission of the prize to deny an award to a program that is saving the lives of a huge number of poor people."

November 12 2013

An outbreak of polio that has already paralyzed 13 children in Syria originated in Pakistan, the World Health Organization confirmed on Monday.

‘Genetic sequencing indicates that the isolated viruses are most closely linked to a virus detected in environmental samples in Egypt in December 2012, which in turn had been linked to wild poliovirus circulating in Pakistan,’ says the UN health agency.

The United Nations has already launched a large-scale campaign to vaccinate more than 20 million children in the Middle East, including 1.6 million in Syria. This disease mainly affects children under five and cannot be cured, only prevented.

However, the current situation in Syria with numerous clashes between government forces and the opposition may hamper vaccination procedures aimed at stopping the spread of the virus, says the WHO.
Polio strain in Syria has roots in Pakistan - WHO report (RT News, Nov. 12 2013)
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