Cease-Fire In Yemen Allows U.N. Health Convoys To Deliver Medical Supplies; WHO Appeals For $31M In Funding For Continuity Of Services

New York Times: Yemen Agrees to Cease-Fire With Rebels as Peace Talks Begin
“The Yemeni government and Houthi rebels called an immediate halt to hostilities on Tuesday as they started peace talks mediated by a United Nations special envoy at an undisclosed location in Switzerland, a United Nations spokesman confirmed. … The United Nations estimates that the war has caused close to 40,000 casualties and inflicted significant damage on the impoverished country’s infrastructure, deepening its humanitarian crisis…” (Cumming-Bruce, 12/15).

VOA News: Yemen Ceasefire Provides Opening for Distribution of Medical Supplies
“…The World Health Organization reports U.N. and private aid agencies are set to bring desperately needed relief supplies to the Yemeni people during the weeklong cease-fire. WHO Representative in Yemen Ahmed Shadoul says 19 trucks are loaded with urgently needed medical supplies from the agency’s warehouses in the capital Saana and the major port city of Aden…” (Schlein, 12/15).

WHO EMRO: WHO: Urgent support needed to provide health services for 15 million people in Yemen
“The World Health Organization and health partners are appealing for US$ 31 million to ensure the continuity of health services for nearly 15 million people in Yemen affected by the ongoing conflict. Funding is urgently needed as the Yemeni health system has collapsed, leaving millions of vulnerable people without the care and medications they urgently need…” (12/15).

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