From Gulf News:
Al Mukalla: They move from house to house carrying pamphlets and hygiene materials. In war-torn Yemen, community volunteers are on the forefront in the battle against the spread of diseases in Yemen.
In the south-eastern province of Hadramout, health authorities reply on teachers and students to help spread awareness about cholera, dengue fever and malaria.
Abdul Fatah Al Obathani, a 30-year-old volunteer, travels around the province—from urban cities to rural countrysides—educating citizens about these diseases.
“I enjoy my work very much as I ease people’s suffering,” he told Gulf News.
After conducting a successful anti-cholera campaign in Al Mukalla, Al Obathani, traveled to remote villages in the Hadramout and Shabwa provinces.
He has a degree in family health from a local university, but has been unemployed since graduating from college in 2014.
During the current unprecedented outbreak of cholera in Yemen, nearly 700,000 cases and 2,090 deaths have been recorded in most provinces of the war-ravaged country according to World Health Organisation.
In Yemen’s province of Hadramout, health authorities were put on high alert last month when several cases were recorded in destitute areas west of the city of Al Mukalla.
To prevent the disease from reaching densely-populated cities in the province, health officials drummed up support from local volunteers who took part in previous campaigns.
During the Al Qaida reign of Al Mukalla in 2015, an outbreak of dengue fever killed 22 people in one month in the coastal parts of Hadramout.
Deaths dropped from 22 to 3 after collective efforts of volunteers, health authorities and local officials to stem the spread of the disease.