HOLIDAY SWAP x UNICEF: End Yemen’s Cholera Crisis

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Raised by 115 people in 3 months
Created October 16, 2018
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Holiday Swap has partnered with UNICEF UK to raise awareness and funding to combat the cholera epidemic and humanitarian crisis in Yemen

Thank you to all our generous donors. 100 per cent of the monies raised will go directly to UNICEF UK in support of the Yemen crisis.

Please read and share our article and video illustrating the need for humanitarian aid in Yemen and James' experience witnessing the crisis first-hand on the ground:

https://www.holidayswap.com/blog/yemen-a-forgotten-nation-in-need-of-our-support/ 




Yemen’s Cholera Crisis


Yemen is currently experiencing the world’s largest cholera epidemic in modern history. UNICEF UK has reported that:
• Almost 80 per cent of the population (more than 22 million people) are in dire need of humanitarian assistance, with eight in ten children requiring immediate, emergency aid.

• Only one third of people in Yemen are connected to piped water.

• Since the outbreak of acute diarrhea and cholera in Spring 2017,  there have been more than 1.2 million suspected cases with more than 2,500 associated deaths.

• Children under the age of 5 continue to represent more than a quarter of all suspected acute watery diarrhea/cholera cases.

• UNICEF is on the ground working around the clock to protect children in Yemen. Since the start of the crisis, we have helped to reach more than 4 million children with over 3,000 tonnes of life-saving supplies, including life-saving therapeutic food, safe drinking water and health care supplies.


The Arctic Trek

To kickstart our fundraiser, James Asquith, the founder and CEO of Holiday Swap, who is a Guinness World Record Holder for being the youngest person to travel to every country in the world, headed as close to the North Pole to raise awareness and funds for the cholera crisis in Yemen. James travelled 80 degrees north of the Arctic, where it was dark for 24 hours a day to bring to light the public health crisis in Yemen, which has been exacerbated over the last couple of years as internal conflict has continued to plague the country. During James' travels, we were able to raise over $4,000. 


The Cholera Crisis

Cholera is a bacterial disease that derives from poor water sanitation. The disease can be easily prevented by providing greater access to clean, uncontaminated water and treated by administering oral rehydration salts or antibiotics for severe cases. Yemen’s cholera crisis has been exacerbated by civil unrest, the government’s defunding of the public health department, the lack of accessible medical supplies in various regions and the limited healthcare personnel and aid workers who are able to distribute vaccines, oral rehydration salts, antibiotics, and educate the population on preventative measures.

 
Mission

Cholera and malnutrition are a preventable and easily treatable. In 2018 where access to essential medicine should be readily available, cholera should never be the cause of death in any nation, which is why it is imperative for the international community to contribute in the fight against cholera in Yemen. 

UNICEF is calling on all parties to the conflict must abide by their obligations under International Humanitarian Law to stop attacks against civilian infrastructure, including schools and hospitals, allow essential supplies through all ports of entry and guarantee safe, unconditional and sustained humanitarian access to all children in need in Yemen. 
 

Our team is committed to providing aid in high impact areas, which in the past has barred humanitarian efforts due to the internal conflict in the country. We will use our best efforts to ensure that aid distributed to the affected population of Yemen, without any discrimination. 


100 per cent of the monies raised by will go directly to UNICEF UK in support of the Yemen crisis.

Again, thank you for all your kind donations and helping us spread awareness for Yemen's humanitarian crisis.

33789264_1544587993342305_r.jpegThank you UNICEF for this photograph. All rights belong to UNICEF.
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