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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.
More than 3 million people are on the brink of starvation in northeast Nigeria amid the fight against extremist group, Boko Haram, and curable diseases and polio have resurfaced as well. The UN and other humanitarian groups underestimated the situation’s severity, and it may now be too dangerous to send aid workers to the region.
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).
Coalition member Syrian American Medical Society reports that its largest trauma hospital in eastern Aleppo City was destroyed after a bunker buster bomb landed at the front entrance. The bomb killed three maintenance workers and injured a nurse and ambulance driver. Only five hospitals remain operational in besieged Aleppo to care for a population of 300,000 civilians, including more than 85,000 children.
As the Government of Afghanistan and world community gather in Brussels to reaffirm financial commitment to Afghanistan’s future, ACBAR and other health NGOs working in the country, make a series of recommendations for safeguarding healthcare and recognizing that as a key development factor.