ICRC Director of Operations Talks to NPR's Morning Edition on the Cholera Outbreak & Dire State of Health Care in Yemen


Girls are treated for a suspected cholera infection at a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen, on May 15. Hani Mohammed/AP

From NPR's Goats and Soda Blog:

On Monday, authorities in Yemen declared a state of emergency due to a sharp rise in cholera deaths.

Yemen has been at war for more than two years — a Saudi-led coalition has been battling Shiite Houthi rebels aligned with Iran — leaving a reported 10,000 dead. The fighting has decimated much of the country's infrastructure, including its medical facilities. The World Health Organization said in April that fewer than half of Yemen's medical centers were functioning to capacity.

From Aden, Yemen, Dominik Stillhart, director of global operations at the International Committee for the Red Cross, talked with NPR's Ari Shapiro about the cholera outbreak and the dire state of health care in Yemen.

Listen to his full interview here