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Global Health Checkup is a podcast from Project HOPE focusing on news, issues, events and trends in international development and disaster relief operations. The podcast features experts, thought leaders, and people on the frontlines who are building the health capacity of nations struggling against the burdens of disease, outbreaks and humanitarian disasters. We discuss international efforts to respond to health emergencies and innovative approaches in global health.

Dec 30, 2017

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.