The WHO has urgently asked for $22.35 million to prevent cholera from spreading throughout the country, after 18 cases of the disease have been confirmed among 340 suspected cases of acute watery diarrhea. Due to conflict, two thirds of the country’s population do not have access to clean water and sanitation, increased malnutrition is prevalent, and health systems’ resources are scarce.
The World Health Organization warns that Yemen is facing the threat of a cholera epidemic. It reports less than half of Yemen’s health facilities are functional due to shortages in health staff, medicine, and medical supplies.
As the Syrian and Russian governments planned to halt their bombing of civilians and hospitals in Aleppo, attacks on medical facilities in other parts of Syria continued unabated. Coalition member Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) documented a series of deadly strikes on hospitals throughout Syria and urged the international community to heed these ongoing violations of international law.
Omair Shaaban describes life under siege. "Hope—or pray— that you don’t have to go to a hospital. They’re absolutely miserable. I don’t know how the doctors and nurses can stand all the blood, bones, and bowels all over the floor."
Coalition member Defenders for Medical Impartiality organized a panel event in September, “Doctors under Attack: Systematic Violations of Medical Impartiality in Yemen, Syria, and Egypt,” held in parallel to the 33rd Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC).
After the end of peace talks in Yemen in early-August, violence has fully resumed in the country, and the constant attacks on health facilities have made travelling to seek health care life-threatening.
Following the deadly attack on the United Nations aid convoy headed to Aleppo, the United States said Russia was probably responsible for the bombing, further shredding what remained of a severely weakened agreement between the United States and Russia aimed at halting the war.