“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

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The RRT is on its way to the community of Bani Matar after receiving a report of a suspected cholera case
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01 January 2020

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.

Two members of the RRT carrying hygiene kits before deploying to Bani Matar, a district of Sana’a
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Two members of the RRT carrying hygiene kits before deploying to Bani Matar, a district of Sana’a
Wafa’a, leader of the RRT is hard at work explaining the risks of cholera to some children in the Bani Matar village
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Wafa’a, leader of the RRT is hard at work explaining the risks of cholera to some children in the Bani Matar village

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.

Mutaher Hamoud, a key member of the RRT, distributes pamphlets to community members displaying good health and hygiene practices to prevent the spread of disease
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Mutaher Hamoud, a key member of the RRT, distributes pamphlets to community members displaying good health and hygiene practices to prevent the spread of disease

“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”.

Wafa’a Al-Hashidy, RRT Leader Sana’a
The RRT demonstrated good handwashing practices to families in the community, while also teaching them to chlorinate their water and maintain good hygiene
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The RRT demonstrated good handwashing practices to families in the community, while also teaching them to chlorinate their water and maintain good hygiene
After receiving a visit from the RRT a child holds the leaflet provided showing him and his family how to prevent cholera
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After receiving a visit from the RRT a child holds the leaflet provided showing him and his family how to prevent cholera

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.