(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) LONDON, Aug 11 (KUNA) -- Britain on Friday pledged financial humanitarian aid worth GBP 8 million (USD 10.3 million) to support efforts to tackle cholera in Yemen.
The sum includes GBP 6 million (USD 7.7 million) for the UN children's agency, UNICEF, and a remaining GBP 2 million (USD 2.6 million) for International Organisation of Migration's cholera response efforts, said an official.
The support provides medical supplies, like chlorine tablets and hygiene kits, and develops medical facilities for up to half a million people, International Development Secretary Priti Patel said in a statement.
"Yemen is on the brink of a catastrophic disaster if the world continues to close its eyes to the urgent help three quarters of people across the country desperately need," she said.
The secretary urged the international community to follow efforts to stem Yemen's cholera outbreak by the UK and international and regional partners, including the US, EU and Saudi Arabia.
The British government has increased its funding for Yemen to GBP 139 million (USD 180.3 million) for the 2017-18 period, upon a decision made in April, she added. (end) mrn.sd -