Humanitarian Health Action

Photo story - WHO and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent reach eastern Aleppo and Mouadamiya

Crossing the buffer zone between government and oppostion-controlled territory, urgently needed surgical and medical supplies are delivered to besieged eastern Aleppo. The humanitarian situation in the area is acute and there has been a shortage of basic medical supplies since the onset of the conflict in Syria in 2011. This life-saving delivery took place following a ceasefire agreement between the government and the opposition.

The Syrian Arab Republic health situation

WHO/O. Sanadiki

15 June 2014 -- Since March 2011 estimated 160 000 people are killed and 750 000 injured. The continuing deterioration of the security, population displacement and constraints imposed on humanitarian operations has hampered the access to medical services, supplies and equipment. More people were displaced because of the clashes in Deir ez-Zor; heavy fighting, daily shelling, airstrikes and barrel bombing in Aleppo, Idleb, Hama, Daraa, Rural Damascus and Damascus governorates

Syria polio outbreak adds burden to an already damaged health system

5 year-old Islam was one of the first confirmed polio cases in Syria
5 year-old Islam was one of the first confirmed polio cases in Syria

5 March 2014, Damascus – In an isolated room on the fifth floor of the children’s hospital in Damascus lay 5-year old Islam Hameed. She was one of the first confirmed polio cases identified in Syria last October. As of 5 March 2014, 25 polio cases have been confirmed in Syria, of which 17 were reported in Deir ez-Zor governorate. All children were very young and many aged 2 years or under, and were found to be un- or under-immunized.

Syrian essential medical needs for 2014 established

WHO/Christopher Black

27 January 2014 -- This year Syria will need more than US$ 450 million to provide essential and life-saving medicines and medical supplies to 9.3 million people in both in government- and opposition-controlled areas.
At the meeting convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Damascus last week, national and international experts updated the essential medicines list. Beside supplies for treatment of conflict-related injuries, the list includes life-saving medicines and medical supplies needed for diseases such as cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, reproductive health, as well as critical hospital equipment.

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