The healthcare system is near total collapse and the staff who remain are overwhelmed by the enormity of the situation. Lack of fuel and supplies has forced many of hospitals to close. Clinics that are open are running low on medicine, equipment and fuel.
In theory, preventing cholera is very simple. For example, washing your hands with clean water, proper sanitation, drinking clean water and eating food that has been boiled or cooked. Despite these simple measures, the cholera outbreak has infected more than 200,000 people across Yemen.
Part of the reason is because clean water has become luxury in Yemen.
In Sanaa ( largest city in Yemen) waste collectors have not been paid in months, as a result rubbish is pilling high on the streets and their water system is beyond repair. Cholera is a water borne disease that will spread rapidly in populated areas, especially in areas with poor hygiene and sanitation conditions. On the 17th April, the sewer system stopped working. Ten days later, cholera broke out across Yemen.
What the Irish Red Cross are doing?
There are two Irish Red Cross specialists deployed to Yemen in response to the ongoing crisis. They are working in the health and economic security. To date, The Irish Red Cross has committed €25,000 to help in the fight against a major cholera outbreak in Yemen. Despite the work of Irish Red Cross in Yemen, donations are still urgently needed.
John Roche, Head of International Relations at the Irish Red Cross, said:
“The clinics that are open are running dangerously low on medicine, equipment and fuel. The urgency of the situation in Yemen cannot be overemphasised. On average, 20 people – women, children, men – die there every day, many from treatable wounds and curable illnesses,”