An already devastating humanitarian situation has been severely worsened by a cholera crisis that has affected over 200,000 people, with over 30 people dying every day from the disease
Islamic Relief is currently working in 18 of the 22 governorates in Yemen, reaching many of the areas worst affected. With your support we hope to provide additional aid in this deepening crisis.
As hospitals and health centres are overwhelmed by the increasing numbers of patients needing urgent treatment, Islamic Relief is responding by supplying cholera medication, including IV stands, cannula tubes, saline bags, antibiotics, oral rehydration salts, gloves, syringes and hygiene kits, including soap, disinfectant and towels to hospitals in five governorates. Over 19 tonnes of medication was delivered in recent weeks via a cargo plane.
Additionally, we have provided 60 tents for three hospitals in Sana’a, which can accommodate 300 patients.
One of these hospitals is Al Sabeen hospital which is receiving between 100-150 cholera patients a day who are being forced to share hospital beds. Staff here are working around the clock to treat these patients but haven’t received a salary for the past eight months.
Muhammad Abbas Zulqarnain, Country Director for Islamic Relief in Yemen said: “This cholera outbreak is now affecting every part of the country in Yemen and it’s hardly surprising that the health facilities are struggling to cope. Less than half of them are fully functioning after two years of war; many lack some of the most basic medical equipment and drugs and staff haven’t been paid for over eight months.”
“The level of suffering in Yemen, even without the cholera crisis, is absolutely tragic. People are contracting the disease because they don’t have enough food to eat or any clean water. And once they get the disease they are struggling to afford the costs to get them to hospital.”
Rahaf Ibrahim is three years and seven months old. She and her family were displaced from Raymah Governorate and are now living in Sana’a. She was suffering from malnutrition and then became sick with acute watery diarrhoea. Her mum, Iftikhar, took her to the hospital where she was diagnosed with cholera and is receiving treatment alongside her older brother. Her other brother Mohab and mum and dad have all been treated for the disease and fortunately made a recovery. Iftikhar’s husband recently informed her that another son at home has started to have diarrhoea. Iftikhar is desperately worried about being able to care for her children. Her husband, like so many in Yemen, has no work and they are several months behind on the rent. She is worried that they will be thrown out of their house and they won’t be able to afford the treatment costs
Recent and ongoing military action is increasing in a country that has endured many years of internal conflict, causing a crisis. Thousands have been killed and millions have been forced to flee from their homes. Numerous hospitals and schools have been damaged, and some power and water supplies have been lost. In total, 14 of Yemen’s 22 governorates have been affected.
Of a population of 24 million, more than half – 61 per cent – were already reliant on humanitarian aid before the conflict deepened. Malnourishment is a widespread, and Yemen is water-scarce, causing fears that Sana’a could soon be without water.
Islamic Relief is currently working in 18 of Yemen’s 22 governorates, distributing food in partnership with the UN’s World Food Programme. We’ve provided food to more than 2.5 million people, and have equipped 21 hospitals and clinics across the country to support doctors and nurses working to treat wounded, sick and malnourished people.
The areas where we have responded include Sanaa, Sana’a city, Aden, Taiz, Lahj, Abyan, Amran, Shabwah, Mareb, Sa’ada, Hodeida, Hadramout and Dhamar.
As well as continuing with the food distributions, we have provided emergency water through the installation of water tanks as well as kidney dialysis items to multiple clinics.
Islamic Relief has been working in Yemen since 2004 and works through offices run by local staff in Sa’dah, Hajja, Amran, Sana’a, Ma’rib and Dhamar.