After reporting more than 7,000 additional cholera cases in the past day, health officials report the case tally in the Yemen epidemic has reached 200,420 suspected cholera cases, including 1,310 deaths since Apr. 27.
Earlier this week it was reported that the King Salman Centre for Humanitarian Aid and Relief agreed to donate millions of dollars to support the ongoing health response to the cholera outbreak in Yemen.
On Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) expressed thanks and appreciation to His Royal Highness, Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence for his generous initiative to fund cholera response activities in Yemen.
King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre in Saudi Arabia, has announced a donation of US $66.7 million to UNICEF, WHO and their partners to contain the outbreak of cholera in Yemen, in response to their urgent call for much needed funds.
The figure of US $66.7 million has been requested by UNICEF and WHO as the total funding needed to respond effectively to the cholera situation in Yemen, through a combination of water, sanitation and health care activities. This will help save lives of thousands of Yemeni people.
“On behalf of the WHO Regional Office I extend deep thanks and appreciation to His Royal Highness, Prince Mohammad bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence for his nobel initiative in the humanitarian field, to support efforts which aim to alleviate suffering, provide relief through working to contain cholera and prevent its complications in Yemen,” Dr Mahmoud Fikri, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, said.
The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre will work with UNICEF, WHO and its partners to activate the new initiative, starting immediately.
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