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Statement attributable to Geert Cappelaere UNICEF Regional Director on the spread of cholera in Yemen

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Beds are lined up in a hallway due to overcrowding in the pediatric ward at Al-Thawra Hospital, Sana’a, Yemen, Monday 20 March 2017.

AMMAN, 30 May 2017- “As the UN Security Council yet again holds consultations on the situation in Yemen, UNICEF is reporting an unprecedented increase in the number of suspected cholera cases across the country, many of those affected are children.
 
“In the past four weeks alone, 55,200 cholera cases were reported.
 
“Yemen has one of the world’s highest number of acutely malnourished children. Public services are on the brink of collapse.
 
“More and more children die every day in Yemen from preventable causes like malnutrition and cholera. Time is running out.
 
“Anyone with a heart for children cannot let the situation in Yemen continue!
 
“Stop the conflict in Yemen. Take action for children now!” 
 
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For more information
Juliette Touma, jtouma@unicef.org, +962-79-867-4628
 
For interviews on cholera in Yemen
Rajat Madhok, rmadhok@unicef.org, +967-71-222-3001


 

 

 

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