Their bright blue UNICEF backpacks could not shield dozens of children killed yesterday by a Saudi-led coalition as they sat on their schoolbus, headed back to school after a picnic.   The exact death toll is unconfirmed, but the casualties could pass 60, with dozens…

The British Foreign Office’s latest human rights report—released this week—glaringly omits the country’s complicity in grave humanitarian crises, from Yemen to Myanmar to the West Bank. The annual report “no longer signals Britain’s virtue,” writes Peter Oborne. “Instead,…

Vital humanitarian aid is at risk for hundreds of thousands of people living in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah as a Saudi-led coalition lays siege to the rebel-held port city.  80% of aid materials such as medicine, fuel and food enter Yemen through Hodeidah; to the…

Saudi-led bombing in Yemen has seen thousands of casualties and left medical care in tatters, and more limbs and lives are being lost to now-widespread antimicrobial resistance (AMR). AMR has swelled average field hospital stays from 5 days to 19 days. One Médecins Sans…

The Saudi-led coalition’s war effort in Yemen, backed by the US and the UK, has brought a “near total breakdown” in the country’s health systems.  The International Rescue Committee found that 79% of Yemen’s population requires humanitarian assistance. Two-thirds lack…

Diphtheria’s recent resurgence in disparate, crisis-ridden nations represents a “shameful” reality that the bacterial infection, virtually eliminated even in poor countries, is still killing vulnerable populations, writes Michael Edelstein of the Centre on Global Health…

Diphtheria is spreading swiftly among Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, with more than 110 suspected cases and 6 deaths, the WHO reported yesterday.

MSF is closing most of its 37 cholera treatment centers in Yemen as its cholera epidemic subsides.   The clinics saw 567 new patients in the 2nd week of October, compared to 11,139 in June, at the outbreak’s peak. Of 884,368 suspected cases in 6 months, 2,184 have been…

WHO should change course and support widespread vaccination in response to Yemen’s ongoing cholera outbreak, says Lorenz von Seidlein, specialty consulting editor of PLOS Medicine. In a newly published editorial, von Seidlein is critical of WHO’s recent decision to cancel…

Dear Editor,The old journalistic aphorism, “when it bleeds, it leads,” may apply to dramatic photos of patients with cholera getting intravenous therapy who ought to be on the visually dull—but effective—oral rehydration therapy (ORT).