Yemen gets $67 million for the Cholera Epidemic from Saudi Arabia

Coligo Contributor Aisha Powell (@aishapowell_)

Saudi Arabia lends a helping hand to Yemen in donating $67 million to help with there cholera epidemic in Yemen. Cholera has killed 1,300; with a fourth of those being children.

Yemen’s cholera outbreak is the worst outbreak in the world has seen. The number of cases has increased 5,000 a day with more than 200,000 cases being reported. The disease has become “almost impossible” to control said Unicef and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Cholera is a bacterial disease that is caused by ingested contaminated food or water. The bacteria Vibrio Cholerae, is the cause of the disease. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and WHO have stated that it affects developing areas more than industrialized nations. The disease has effected many, including pregnant women and children.

The donation from Saudi Arabia’s crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will “respond effectively to the cholera situation in Yemen, through a combination of water, sanitation and healthcare activities.” Although  Yemen has had a recent economic devastation, leaving 19 million people in need of humanitarian aid after two years of fighting. The donation is said to help, at least some of there turmoil in regards to cholera. To read more visit UNICEF at unicef.org and the World Health Organization at www.who.int/en/.

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