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WHO increases support for cancer patients, the forgotten casualties of the Syrian war

A man wearing a WHO jacket stands in a street which has been heavily affected by the conflict

13 April 2017 – 12-year old Khedr from Aleppo Governorate was diagnosed with fibrosarcoma – a tumour in the connective fibrous tissue affecting bones and muscles – in January 2016. Because no treatment was available for him in Aleppo, Khedr travelled with his father to the Pediatric Hospital in Damascus, the main referral hospital for children in the country. However, access to Damascus to receive regular chemotherapy treatment was not always easy.

WHO Grade 3 emergency

WHO alarmed by use of highly toxic chemicals as weapons in Syria


5 April 2017 | GENEVA - WHO is alarmed by serious reports of the use of highly toxic chemicals in an attack in Khan Shaykhun, southern rural Idleb, Syria. According to Health Cluster partners on the ground treating the patients, at least 70 people have died and hundreds more have been affected. Doctors in Idleb are reporting that dozens of patients suffering from breathing difficulties and suffocation have been admitted to hospitals in the governorate for urgent medical attention, many of them women and children.

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Syria - Emergencies Response Plan 2017

Health sector funding requirements
US$ 459,248,121 (health partners including WHO)

WHO requirements US$ 163,748,100

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