Right now, a catastrophe is unfolding in Yemen. Patients are arriving at our hospitals with complex infections, already suffering from acute respiratory distress. This makes treatment extremely difficult and worse still, suggests that many more people could be sick. That many people are also dying at home is shown by government burial statistics, which reveal that as many 80 people have been dying in the city per day through late May, up from a pre-outbreak normal of 10. Another indication of just how widespread the outbreak has become is the number of healthcare professionals we are treating in the centre.
Dr Ghazali Mohammed Babiker, deputy head of mission in Médecins Sans Frontières, didn’t mince words when calling for international support for Yemen on 21 May: