A not good news update just now from the New York Times:
Less than one month ago, the World Health Organization and other partners decided to send 1 million cholera vaccines to Yemen to help fight the spread of the disease. They may now reverse that decision and send the vaccines elsewhere because the campaign might be ineffective in Yemen. The number of cases is now 313,000 with more than 1,700 deaths.
Aid groups say the outbreak, which began this spring, has been worsened by the collapse of the public health system in Yemen, where a civil war has raged for more than two years between a Saudi-led military coalition and Houthi insurgents backed by Iran, Saudi Arabia’s regional rival.
A vaccination effort in Yemen, Mr. Lindmeier said, is a “difficult approach because you can’t plan a campaign like you would do in a normal country” where war and insecurity are absent.
“You basically have to take the security situation into consideration,” he said in further explaining why the vaccination effort was no longer regarded as sensible. Medical workers are not even sure what parts of the country would benefit from it.
A general view shows medical aid being offloaded from a ship in Yemen’s Red Sea port of Hodeidah, on July 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Abdo HYDER (Photo credit should read ABDO HYDER/AFP/Getty Images)