“On call” - Rapid Response Teams (RRT) for Cholera
UNICEF with generous support from its partners has a range of interventions aimed at getting life saving support to communities in need
Sana’a Governorate, Bani Matar District, Yemen: After 5 years of conflict in Yemen, health and water systems are on the brink of collapse. The country has been dealing with one of the biggest cholera outbreaks in recent history. Since the outbreak began there have been over 2 million suspected cases of cholera have been reported, this has caused a crisis for many communities.
UNICEF with generous support from partners like the United Arab Emirates Imdad Fund and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre), has a range of interventions aimed at getting life saving support to communities in need.
Wafa’a Al-Hashidy is the leader of a special team, a Rapid Response Team or RRT, that is deployed as soon as a cholera case is reported. With her colleagues they deploy with a car full of supplies to communities in need. They arrive with hygiene kits, chlorine and educational materials, ready to teach the community how they can prevent the spread of cholera.
“We face a lot of difficulties when doing our job, yet we do our best in order to eradicate cholera in our community and that makes us a bit happy and relieved”.
With the help of our partners UNICEF supports over 750 rapid response teams across the country in a effort the end the devastating outbreak of cholera. As the humanitarian crisis continues, these rapid response teams are saving lives and bringing smiles back to children.