The main cause of the cholera outbreak is dirty water, lack of garbage collection by the local authorities and poor condition of health facilities. According to the WHO records, the cumulative number of cholera cases was 311,288 resulting in 401 associated deaths. Cholera has been reported in 214 districts and the proportion of suspected cases amongst children under age 5 is 32%.
What are we doing?
IDRF is installing 11 solar-powered water wells in Abian and Lahj camps. These camps are in dire need of assistance as the heavy influx of Internationally Displaced Persons has created serious logistics and health problems by overburdening existing infrastructure.
Lack of access to clean potable water has been the reason for the outbreak of the epidemics within Yemen. There is no adequate water source or infrastructure in the camps around Aden, Mukalla and Zinjabar, which is where most of the IDPs are concentrated. In Lahj camp, the current need is two solar panel supported water wells and four ordinary wells, in Abian camp one solar panel supported water wells and four standard water wells. By responding with the drilling and activation of these water wells, potable water will be provided to 140,000 people in danger of contracting communicable illnesses and keeping them safe.