Conflict Continues To Exacerbate Cholera Outbreaks In Yemen, Somalia, Hinder Polio Immunization Efforts In Syria

CIDRAP News: Thousands more cholera cases reported in Yemen, Somalia
“In a pair of outbreak updates yesterday, Yemen confirmed another 35,000 cholera cases, while Somalia reported a slight slowdown, with only 1,121 cases reported in the past few weeks. The outbreaks are part of ongoing outbreaks in several countries in the Horn of Africa and Gulf of Aden regions…” (Soucheray, 7/19).

Foreign Policy: The Human Toll of Yemen’s Unending War
“…More than two years of intense urban fighting have left at least 10,000 people dead across the country and laid waste to many of Yemen’s population centers. Airstrikes and artillery have decimated essential infrastructure: hospitals, water pipelines, electricity grids. Yemen historically relied on imports for 90 percent of its food. But severe restrictions on those imports — food, medicine, and fuel — have led to shortages across the country. It’s no surprise that Yemen is on the verge of famine, and local doctors are struggling to stop the cholera epidemic sweeping the country…” (Faite, 7/20).

Reuters: U.N. hopes for lull in Syria battles with Islamic State for polio campaign
“The United Nations is hoping that battles against Islamic State in Syria will calm sufficiently for it to carry out a vaccination drive against polio, starting on Saturday, U.N. agencies said on Wednesday…” (Miles, 7/19).