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Yemen on verge of ‘absolute collapse’ suggests report

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Save the Children warned that an estimated 1,000 children currently die every week from treatable diseases

Saida Ahmad Baghili, an 18-year-old Yemeni woman pictured here in October, is a victim of malnutrition (AFP)

Saida Ahmad Baghili, an 18-year-old Yemeni woman pictured here in October, is a victim of malnutrition (AFP)

Yemen is on the verge of collapse as poverty and disease, exacerbated by war and a lack of resources, have ravaged the country.

Save the Children warned on Tuesday that tens of thousands of children were dying with the healthcare system crumbling as a result of scarce resources and the flight of medical staff.

At least 1,219 children have so far died as a direct result of the fighting between a Saudi-led coalition and Houthis , but the lack of medical supplies and staff is currently causing an additional 10,000 preventable deaths per year.

“Even before the war tens of thousands of Yemeni children were dying of preventable causes,” said Edward Santiago, Save the Children’s Yemen Country Director. “But now the situation is much worse and an estimated 1,000 children are dying every week from preventable killers like diarrhoea, malnutrition and respiratory tract infections.

READ: In Yemen, a child dies every 10 minutes because of malnutrition

“With parents losing their jobs and livelihoods owing to the chaos of war, many told us they have to sell belongings like jewellery, vehicles, gas canisters and land just to be able to afford the trip to hospital while others have taken out loans. Once there they often can’t afford the cost of the medicines their children urgently need while many other parents find the facility just does not have life-saving medicines.”

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