23 January 2015, Damascus – As the conflict in Syria approaches its fifth year, shortages in medicines has become an increasingly acute nationwide problem. The concerted efforts of health responders to alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable people, especially children with cancer, are undermined by the lacking availability of life-saving treatments.
The Syrian Arab Republic health situation
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 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
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.
Health Emergency Highlights
WHO news releases and feature stories
Syrian Arab Republic Response Plan 2015 launched in Berlin
WHO and Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) deliver medical aid to Daraa and Rural Damascus
WHO and health partners responding to the Syrian Arab Republic health tragedy
Statement regarding interim findings of WHO assessment of deaths of children in Idleb governorate, Syria
Joint WHO – UNICEF statement regarding deaths of children in Idlib, Northern Syria