Statement from Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme at the Yemen High-level Pledging Conference
(Thank you Mark, Shukran Dr. Al Rabeeah)
I am speaking today on behalf of WHO Director-General Dr Tedros, and of Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region
Excellencies, distinguished delegates, ladies and gentlemen, salam aleikum,
As we all know, Yemen is the most complex humanitarian operation in the world.
Indeed, when Dr Al-Mandhari – who is also participating in this event – visited Yemen last year, he saw parents who were desperate to find help for their sick children; an elderly man die before his eyes as doctors tried to save him, and he met the son of one doctor who died of cholera while treating patients with the disease.
The situation has since become much worse. But in spite of it all, for the past five years, WHO and our partners have stood with the people of Yemen.
When the world’s largest cholera outbreak hit, we together reversed the cycle of disease, protecting more than 10 million people. When measles threatened, we together vaccinated over 12 million children.
When severe acute malnutrition spread, WHO and our partner MED-COM supported 80% of all therapeutic feeding centers, saving 91% of all children suffering from medical complications. And as more people face …continued .
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