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A massive humanitarian crisis is building in Yemen, where a civil war is raging that is exacerbating already grave challenges to a health care system compromised by years of political turmoil. More than a million suspected cases of cholera, a generational diphtheria outbreak among children and an elevated level of maternal mortality are just the early warning signs of a public health emergency that is likely to get far worse. Project HOPE’s President Rabih Torbay has just returned from Yemen and reports on the dire and worsening conditions in a country where many doctors and health workers are putting in 20 hour shifts in desperate conditions. He offers a plan for how the international community, NGOs and concerned donors can help and calls for an international conference to address war-torn Yemen’s urgent humanitarian and long term health care infrastructure needs.

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