For the people of Yemen, every day is a challenge. Not only is the country in a state of conflict, a deadly outbreak of cholera is sweeping the nation.
The ongoing violence has severely damaged the country’s infrastructure, meaning that public services are barely functioning. Because of this, many civilians are left without access to the essentials they need, including clean, safe water. Instead, people are forced to drink contaminated water through which diseases like cholera are transmitted. For those who require medical attention, aid is in short supply. With less than 45 per cent of the country’s hospitals functioning and extreme overcrowding in those centres that do remain open, access to healthcare is limited, leaving too many people without the help they urgently need.
According to the World Health Organisation, an estimated 1,500 civilians have lost their lives in the epidemic, with around 40 per cent of the deceased being children, and it’s thought that a further 240,000 people have contracted the deadly disease. With the lives of so many people under threat, it’s more important than ever that we do what we can to help.
Helping those who need it most
One organisation that is working hard to help is HumanAppeal. With dedicated staff and volunteers on the ground in Yemen, the charity is able to offer first-hand response and provide life-saving aid to thousands of vulnerable individuals.
Through its Yemen Crisis Appeal, HumanAppeal has been able to rebuild the lives of thousands of people. So far, this project has delivered fresh, clean drinking water to nearly 50,000 people, as well as life-saving medical supplies and treatment.
The charity has also removed rubbish from residential areas, as well as making improvements to the country’s sewage systems. It has been able to provide 23,000 civilians with information and advice about the causes and spread of diseases and viruses, helping to improve sanitation and ultimately save lives.
It has also provided 30,000 people with food parcels – enough to support over 4,500 households – in areas including Aden, Lahej, Al Dhalea and Taiz.
How you can do your bit
The reality of the situation in Yemen is alarming. So that HumanAppeal can continue its work and help to slow down and eventually stop the spread of disease, the charity needs your help.
With your generosity, the organisation will be able to carry on providing aid and supplies, saving the lives of thousands of men, women and children across the country.