Save Yemen’s Children from Deadly Cholera Outbreak

Target: Irene Koek, Acting Assistant Administrator in United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Global Health Bureau

Goal: Stop the cholera outbreak in Yemen by providing access to clean water and medical care.

Yemen is currently facing the largest cholera epidemic in modern history. There have been over 800,000 suspected cases since the beginning of the outbreak in October 2016. Over half of these cases have been children under the age of 18. Undoubtedly, the cholera epidemic is secondary to the ongoing war between the Saudi-backed President Hadi and the Houthi rebels. However, it seems that the conflict is nowhere near resolution, and thousands of new cases of cholera are reported daily. We must act now to save innocent Yemeni citizens from this horrific disease.

Cholera is a deadly bacterium that spreads through contaminated water. It can be easily treated by providing patients with access to clean water, antibiotics, and medications to aid rehydration. But current conditions in Yemen are dire: it is estimated that at least two-thirds of the population are unable to access clean water. Furthermore, many doctors and nurses have not been paid since the government stopped funding the public health department in 2016. More than half of all healthcare facilities in Yemen have been forced to close.

Cholera is easily treated but can kill within hours if medical care is not available. We must take action to protect hundreds of thousands of Yemeni children from cholera. Sign this petition to urge USAID to provide funding to give Yemeni citizens access to clean water and basic medical care.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Koek,

The cholera outbreak in Yemen is now the largest in recent history, and it continues to grow: experts predict that there will be over one million cases by the end of 2017. Two-thirds of Yemeni citizens are without access to clean water, and untold numbers are unable to access even basic medical care. According to Save the Children, more than one million Yemeni children under five are at high risk of contracting cholera. We must act now to protect these children from a potentially deadly disease.

There are many effective treatments for cholera, but as of now, many Yemeni citizens are unable to access them. I ask that you do all you can to work with your colleagues in USAID’s Global Health Bureau to obtain the necessary funds to provide the citizens of Yemen with access to clean water and medical care.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: UNICEF

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2 Comments

  1. SAVE THESE GREAT KIDS FROM THIS NOW.

  2. Seems not a penny of Foreign Aid funds is spend on public health. Is this a (very cruel) way to ensure that these funds come into a country, and support the ruling class & military?

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