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High-Level ICRC, U.N. Officials Visit Yemen To Assess Humanitarian Situation, Cholera Epidemic

Al Jazeera: U.N. delegation visits Yemen amid cholera outbreak
“A high-level United Nations delegation arrived in Yemen on Monday to visit areas held both by the government and the Houthi rebels across the crisis-hit country, according to a U.N. source. The executive directors of the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the World Food Programme visited the southern province of Aden, where the government is based, and the rebel-held capital Sanaa, the source said on condition of anonymity…” (7/24).

Associated Press: Red Cross Chief Visits Besieged City on Yemen’s Front Lines
“The chief of the international Red Cross made a rare visit to the front lines in Yemen Monday, taking a dirt road to reach the besieged western city of Taiz, devastated by more than two years of fighting. The visit by Peter Maurer, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross, is meant to provide the ICRC with a firsthand look at Yemen’s raging cholera epidemic and humanitarian crisis amid the civil war. Maurer already visited the southern port city of Aden and will be ending his trip in Sanaa…” (Michael, 7/25).

Devex: Why was the cholera vaccine shipment to Yemen canceled?
“…The International Coordinating Group overseeing global vaccine stockpiles had approved a shipment of one million doses of cholera vaccine to Yemen in June. However, the plan was canceled earlier this month over concerns it would fail to help contain the outbreak — and that an unsuccessful effort could undermine future vaccination campaigns in the war-torn country. Those worries boil down to a combination of epidemiological reality, overwhelming logistical constraints, and a volatile political situation in which Yemen is effectively controlled by two rival government administrations…” (Dickinson, 7/25).

Reuters: Yemen cholera epidemic slowing after infecting 400,000
“Yemen’s cholera outbreak is set to hit 400,000 cases on Tuesday but there are signs the three-month-old epidemic is slowing, according to World Health Organization data analyzed by Reuters. A dramatic fall over the past month in the number of people dying from the disease each day — from about 30 to single figures — suggests the WHO’s strategy of setting up a network of rehydration points to catch patients early is working…” (Miles, 7/25).

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