Syrian Arab Republic crisis

WHO gravely concerned by deteriorating situation in eastern Ghouta, Syrian Arab Republic

22 November 2017, Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic – Seven people have been killed and 42 people injured in Damascus city and surrounding areas in recent days.
In eastern Ghouta, Rural Damascus, local health authorities report that during a 4-day period alone from 14 to 17 November, 84 people were killed, including 17 children and 6 women; and 659 people were injured, including 127 children and 87 women.

WHO calls for immediate and unimpeded access to save lives in eastern Ghouta, Syrian Arab Republic

12 November, 2017, Cairo, Egypt - Up to 400 000 people remain besieged in eastern Ghouta in Rural Damascus, where they face deteriorating humanitarian, health, and security conditions. More than 240 people require urgent advanced medical care, including 29 priority patients (mostly children) in critical condition who need immediate medical evacuation.

First rehabilitated health centre in eastern Aleppo city, Syria, opens with WHO support

26 October 2017, Damascus – With generous support from the Government of Japan, WHO has contributed to the rehabilitation of the Saad Ibn Abi Waqas health centre in eastern Aleppo city, Syria. This is the first health centre to be rehabilitated in eastern Aleppo since the city became accessible to humanitarian agencies in January 2017.

WHO supports polio vaccination campaign for nearly 200 000 Syrian children from Turkey

24 October 2017 -- In response to a poliomyelitis (polio) outbreak in the eastern part of Syria in spring 2017, WHO/Europe procured vaccines from its field office in Gaziantep, Turkey, for a vaccination campaign that reached nearly 200 000 children in north-western Syria. These cross-border activities are part of the UN’s “Whole of Syria” approach to provide humanitarian assistance, including health services, to populations across the entire country.

WHO reinforces health care services for thousands of people in newly accessible areas of Ar-Raqqa governorate, Syria Arab Republic

25 October 2017 - As areas in Ar-Raqqa governorate become accessible, the World Health Organization (WHO) continues to strengthen health care services for thousands of people in the area through the delivery of medicines and medical supplies to Al-Tabqa National Hospital, northwest of Ar-Raqqa city.

Danger in the rubble: fighting leishmaniasis in Syria

23 October 2017 – “We call it ‘Aleppo boil,’” says Marouf Abiad, a medical worker living near northwest Syria, about the severe skin lesions caused by leishmaniasis. “In Iraq, it’s called ‘Baghdad boil.” Leishmaniasis is a little-known disease endemic to the Middle East and transmitted by the bite of tiny sandflies. Before the Iraqi and Syrian wars, insect spraying and other precautions kept this painful, disfiguring disease at bay. In recent years, however, thousands of cases have been recorded in Syria alone.

WHO health supplies revive weakened health facilities in besieged Deir-Ez-Zor Governorate in the Syria Arab Republic

17 October, 2017, Damascus, Syria Arab Republic– A WHO shipment of health supplies delivered through the Syrian Arab Red Crescent to besieged Deir-Ez-Zor governorate in the Syria Arab Republic has helped struggling health facilities deliver life-saving health services to thousands of people.
The 14–ton shipment includes medicines for trauma care, treatment of burns, antibiotics; anti-allergens; cardiovascular medicines; and oral rehydration salts. In total, the supplies are sufficient for almost 1800 trauma cases and 260,000 medical treatments.

EPA-EFE/M. Badra