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Several youth initiatives held in Syria. Jordan Cross-Border works to localize reproductive health services.

 

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Gaps in wealth have grown wide within most countries. Billions of people linger at the bottom, denied their human rights and prospects for a better life. At the top, resources and privileges accrue at explosive rates, pushing the world ever further from the vision of equality embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 

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UNFPA’s Worlds Apart report calls for actions that lead to a brighter future, where all women govern their own lives, have equal access to sexual and reproductive health care and have the knowledge, skills and power to find gainful employment.

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Yemen enters the third year of armed conflict with no clear end in sight. The result of the crisis has left some 15 million people lacking adequate access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene, and health services; seven million people are faced with the threat of famine; further exacerbated by the largest single year cholera outbreak ever recorded.

 

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UNFPA Regional Situation Report for Syria Crisis #59

Noor is 24 years old and from Aleppo, where she studied theology at university. When the war started, however, she had to abandon her studies

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“Because of poverty, my father wanted all the girls to get married as soon as possible,”

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Millions of Yemenis continue to face a triple tragedy from the spectre of famine, the world’s largest ever single-year cholera outbreak, and a brutal conflict. Seventeen million Yemenis do not know if or where they will get their next meal; nearly 7 million are facing the threat of famine; nearly 16 million lack access to water or sanitation; and 621,209 suspected cases of cholera have been reported in only the last four months, with the latest figure of 2,167 deaths. Among them are 2.2 million women and girls of reproductive age whose health is at risk and 1.1 million malnourished pregnant women.

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Cholera crisis far from over Over 494,000 suspected cases and 1,966 deaths in less than four months The cholera outbreak in Yemen has claimed some 1,966 lives in less than four months and more than 5,000 people are falling ill every day with symptoms of acute watery diarrhoea/cholera. All governorates have been affected, except Socotra. Children and the elderly are the hardest hit: more than 41 per cent of the suspected cases since 27 April and a quarter of the deaths are children, while people over 60 represent 30 per cent of fatalities.

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Over 4,000 male and female dignity kits containing information on cholera prevention were distributed to women and girls in Sana'a Governorate including in areas with high numbers of suspected cholera cases.

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The humanitarian crisis in Yemen continues to inflict suffering upon the country’s population. Cholera and food insecurity are on the rise while humanitarian funding levels remains low. Only 44 per cent of the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan is funded. Nonetheless, some 128 national and international humanitarian partners are actively coordinating to assist people with the most acute needs in priority districts across Yemen’s 22 governorates. Together they have assisted over 5.9 million people with some form of humanitarian assistance since January 2017.

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