Drinking water systems under repeated continuous attack in Yemen


Drinking water systems under repeated continuous attack in Yemen

A child washes his hands in untreated water coming from a sewer pipe in Amran Governorate, Yemen, Tuesday 24 October 2017. Contaminated water can transmit diseases such diarrhoea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio.

A three-day National Polio Immunization Day (NID) campaign was launched to coincide with World Polio Day on 24 October 2017 in Yemen by local health authorities, with support from UNICEF, the World Health Organization, and World Bank, in partnership with Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners. The campaign aimed to reach 5.3 million children under five across Yemen by mobilising around 40,000 vaccination volunteers to visit 3.4 million household in all 23 governorates. In addition to receiving the bivalent oral polio vaccine (bOPV), the nutritional status of children was measured through Middle Upper Arm Circumference - those found to be malnourished were referred to therapeutic centers for treatment.

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UNICEF calls for immediate halt to attacks on water facilities and civilian infrastructure in Yemen

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore

SANA’A/NEW YORK/HONG KONG, 1 August 2018 – “Attacks against civilian facilities and services are unacceptable, inhumane and in breach of the basic laws of war.

“Ongoing violence and repeated attacks on lifesaving civilian infrastructure in Hodeida are a direct threat to the survival of hundreds of thousands of children and their families.

“Yet the past few days have seen an escalation in the targeting of systems and facilities that are essential to sustaining the lives of children and families.

“Two days ago, we received reports that a UNICEF-supported warehouse containing humanitarian provisions, including hygiene and water-related supplies, was hit by two airstrikes. On 28 July, a UNICEF-supported sanitation centre in the Zabid District came under attack, damaging the facility’s fuel tank. On 27 July, the water station in al-Mina District, which provides Hodeida with most of its water, was hit.

“Yemen is already facing a severe shortage of drinking water, which is directly linked to outbreaks of cholera and acute watery diarrhoea. Attacks on water infrastructure jeopardize efforts to prevent another outbreak of cholera and acute watery diarrhoea in Yemen.

“We continue to call on all parties to the conflict to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure.

“The war in Yemen has no winners. It is robbing Yemeni children of their futures.”