From Cholera to Diphtheria The Neglected Disease re emerging in Yemen

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décembre 21, 2017 @ 10:30 – 11:30

From Cholera to Diphtheria: The Neglected Disease re-emerging in Yemen


Marc Poncin
Emergency Coordinator, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Yemen

The ongoing war is sending Yemen decades back in time. Diphtheria is a neglected and forgotten disease that had been eradicated in most parts of the world – in Yemen, the last outbreak was in 1982. But after 2.5 years of war and a tight blockade on supplies including medicines, more than 300 cases have just been recorded, spread widely across 15 governorates in the country.

The shattered health system is incapable of handling this very contagious disease that is spread by sneezing, coughing or even speaking. While the numbers are still much lower than the recent cholera outbreak, the fatality rate of Diphtheria is much higher, and up to 40% of infected could die without regular access to care.
Marc Poncin has worked with MSF in extremely sensitive contexts, especially on Ebola and Cholera outbreaks.

He just returned from Ibb, the worst hit governorate in Yemen.