WFP expands cholera response operations in Yemen

Geneva (IINA) � The World Food Program (WFP) announced Tuesday that it is scaling up its cholera response operations in Yemen to include medical supplies besides food assistance.

WFP spokeswoman Bettina Luescher said that with the epidemic spreading throughout the 22 Yemeni governorates, pressure has increased on WFP and other organizations working to prevent Yemen from sliding into famine.

She added that the WFP will distribute food among cholera patients and healthcare providers in 100 treatment centers and provide four air shipments of medical supplies per month.

The first shipment of 24 metric tons of medicines and medical supplies was delivered this month to the Medecins Sans FrontiAres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) (MSF), Doctors of the World and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Ms Luescher explained that due to the weak health system in Yemen and the lack of options to provide vital medical supplies in the country, air transport is necessary to respond to the worsening emergency condition caused by the cholera outbreak.

Source: International Islamic News Agency