War magnifies effects of cholera in Yemen


Yemen 2019 © Agnes Varraine-Leca/MSF

Caught up in the country’s ongoing war, many Yemeni people suffering from cholera have a difficult time accessing the medical care they need. Without prompt treatment, cholera is deadly.

Since the collapse of Yemen's health system, the disease, which is endemic in the country, has resurfaced. After outbreaks in 2016–2017, there was another spike in cholera cases between January and May this year. Over five months, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) treated more than 10,000 patients with symptoms of the disease at its health facilities in Amran, Hajjah, Sanaa, Ibb, and Taiz governorates.