A wave of cholera is once again on the rise. From January 1 to March 26, 2019, MSF admitted 7,938 patients with suspected cholera to its health facilities in Amran, Hajjah, Ibb, and Taiz governorates. Fifty percent of these admissions were in Ibb alone. During this same period, the number of cholera patients treated by our teams jumped from 140 to 2,000 per week.
We have scaled up our response accordingly, opening a 50-bed cholera treatment center (CTC) in Khamer and another at Al Kuwait Hospital in Sana’a; increasing the capacity of the existing CTC in Taiz; and bolstering centers in Ibb and Kilo. The incidence rate is particularly high in Huth, Amran Governorate, where we support a health center.