Health workers vaccinate 306,000 people in Yemen against cholera

09 October 2018

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More than 306,000 people in Yemen, including over 164,000 children under the age of 15, were vaccinated against cholera as part of a joint WHO-UNICEF campaign that concluded on 5 October 2018.

The six-day vaccination effort, carried out by 3,000 health workers in three districts in Hudaydah and Ibb, was made possible by a pause in fighting agreed by parties involved in the conflict.

Since April 2017 there have been over 1.2 million suspected cholera cases and 2,515 associated deaths in the country, one of the worst outbreaks in recent history. Vaccination is critical to preventing further spread of the disease.

Before the end of the year, many more people will need to be vaccinated against cholera, and millions more children immunized against polio, measles, pneumonia and other preventable diseases.

Source: WHO, 5 October 2018