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Photo essay: Vital WASH interventions prevent spread of cholera in Yemen

Story by Ali Qasem Ali, Communication Officer, UNICEF Aden Field Office

A young boy in front of the newly installed water tank in Qa'atabah district, Al Dhale’e governorate.

Al Dhale’e, Yemen, 19 November 2018 – Access to drinking water is extremely costly for the most vulnerable people in Yemen. Currently, 16 million people, more than half of them being children, don’t have sufficient access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services across the war-torn country. This dire situation and the lack of proper WASH infrastructure led to one of the worst cholera outbreaks in the world, with over 1.2 million Cholera/ Acute Watery Diarrhoea (AWD) suspected cases reported since the beginning of the outbreak in 2016.

With the support of its partners, UNICEF fights every day to prevent cholera from spreading further by supporting the rehabilitation and installation of urban and rural WASH systems and ensuring delivery of clean water to millions of people across Yemen.

In the southern governorate of Al Dhale’e, in Qa'atabah district, UNICEF is implementing lifesaving WASH interventions in this rural area severely affected by cholera. Thanks to the rehabilitation and extension of the water system, more than 2,000 people will finally have access to clean water and be able to better protect themselves against epidemic diseases.

UNICEF WASH interventions are supported by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre), who is a key contributor towards UNICEF's action for children in Yemen since 2016. Thanks to KSrelief support, UNICEF provides children in Yemen with lifesaving emergency assistance in the sectors of health, nutrition and WASH.

The newly installed water tank will provide clean water to the population of Qa'atabah district in Al Dhale’e governorate, thanks to UNICEF and its partner KSrelief.

Workers dig the soil to replace the old water pipe networks in Qa'atabah.

Workers rehabilitate the site so that 2,0000 people can access clean water in Qa'atabah district.

Project engineers check the connections of a new water network in one of the sites of Qa'atabah in Al Dhale’e governorate, south of Yemen.



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