The world’s worst cholera outbreak highlights need for long-term solutions

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The world’s worst cholera outbreak highlights need for long-term solutions hrandall Fri, 12/01/2017 – 10:08 Dec 01, 2017 Farasha Bashir Communications Specialist, icddr,b In 2015, civil war broke out in Yemen between the government and the rebel movement, triggering a humanitarian crisis that has resulted in more than 70 per cent of the population needing immediate aid and assistance. Yemen is one of the poorest countries in the Arab peninsula, and constant bombings have devastated infrastructure, including roads and hospitals.   One of the most devastating consequences of this war and instability has been the worst cholera outbreak ever recorded. Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal disease that thrives in disadvantaged and unstable environments; it can kill within hours if left untreated. Malnutrition and poor sanitation have made the country vulnerable to cholera, and more than 800,000 civilians have already been affected.

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The world’s worst cholera outbreak highlights need for long-term solutions