Johannes Bruwer, deputy head of delegation for ICRC in Yemen, stated, “Eighty-six tonnes of medical supplies and 264 tonnes of food just received from Oman and Jordan. Still more coming.”
WHO has said that the total suspected cholera cases in Yemen this year have crossed 500,000, and nearly 2,000 people have died since the outbreak began to spread in April. “The overall caseload nationwide has declined since early July, particularly in the worst-affected areas. But suspected cases of the deadly waterborne disease continue to rage across the country, infecting an estimated 5,000 people per day,” WHO stated.
A collapsing system is struggling to cope, with more than half of all health facilities closed due to damage, destruction or lack of funds.
Shortages in medicines and supplies are persistent and widespread and 30,000 critical health workers have not been paid salaries in nearly a year, the organisation observed.
“Yemen’s health workers are operating in impossible conditions. Thousands of people are sick, but there are not enough hospitals, not enough medicines and not enough clean water. These doctors and nurses are the backbone of the health response - without them we can do nothing in Yemen. They must be paid their wages so that they can continue to save lives,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of WHO.
In Oman, local charities have been collecting donations and sending goods to the war-torn country. Dar al Atta’a, in association with Oman Charitable Organization (OCO), has launched a campaign ‘Help Our Neighbour’ to aid affected people in Yemen. The campaign continues throughout August, Dar al Atta’a said.
The campaign aims at collecting funds and receiving voluntary contributions. “We will hand in the donations to OCO which will coordinate with the competent authorities in Yemen to distribute aid materials depending on priorities and necessities,” Dar al Atta’a stated.
Dar al Atta’a accepts donations through bank transfers to the account (No: 0315003966850059 Bank Muscat), and online through www.donate.om/daralatta, or by donating personally and directly at Dar al Atta’a headquarters in Bausher.
Dar al Atta’a volunteers also visit shopping centres on weekends to gather donations.
The organisation is also receiving material donations whether new or used but in good condition. It is accepting covers, blankets, dry canned food, edible for a duration not less than six months, clothes, first aid material, medical equipment, toys etc at its headquarters in Bausher and at its store in Ruwi.