Humanitarian Health Action

Syrian Arab Republic situation reports


  • 8 August 2017

    Polio outbreak in the Syrian Arab Republic - health situation report

    No new cases of cVDPV2 were reported this week. The total number of cVDPV2 cases remains 30 (29 cases are from Mayadeen district, Deir Ez-Zor governorate, and 1 case from Tell Abyad district, Raqqa governorate). Preparations are underway for the second round in Deir Ez-Zor governorate, scheduled for 19-23 August.

  • 1 August 2017

    Polio outbreak in the Syrian Arab Republic - health situation report

    Three new cases of cVDPV2 were reported this week. The total number of cVDPV2 cases is 30 (29 cases are from Mayadeen district, Deir Ez-Zor governorate, and one case from Tell Abyad district, Raqqa governorate). The first mOPV2 round was carried out successfully in Deir Ez-Zor governorate between 22-26 July. A total of 259,958 children under 5 years of age were vaccinated, representing overall administrative coverage of 79%.

  • 20 July 2017

    WHO shipment of polio vaccines to launch local vaccination campaigns in Deir-ez-Zor and Ar-Raqqa

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has successfully delivered more than half a million doses of polio vaccines to Deir-ez-Zor and Al-Qamishli in preparation for a one-week polio vaccination campaign. The campaign is planned to begin on 22 July targeting around 450 000 children aged under five years in rural Deir-ez-Zor, South of Al-Chadaddi area in rural Al-Hassakeh, and rural Ar-Raqqa governorate

  • 25 July 2017

    Syrian Arab Republic cVDPV2 outbreak report

  • WHO Annual report 2016 on health humanitarian response in the Syrian Arab Repbulic


  • 23 December 2016

    Health Cluster : Medical Evacuation for eastern Aleppo city

    Through the overall coordination maintained by the Health Cluster and with the support and close communication with the Cluster partners the medical evacuation of the people residing in the eastern Aleppo city was carried out. IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation, Syrian Red Crescent (SARC) and ICRC managed the transportation from eastern Aleppo city to pick up point, while health cluster partners – Turkey hub provided medical services and referral to rural western Aleppo. In total, 36,0862 people were evacuated to rural western Aleppo.

  • 16 November 2016

    WHO condemns massive attacks on five hospitals in Syria

    WHO condemns the attacks on five hospitals that took place in Syria on 13–15 November 2016, including three hospitals in Western Rural Aleppo and two hospitals in Idleb. At least two people were reportedly killed as a result of the attacks and 19 people were wounded, including six medical staff. Shockingly, such attacks on health in Syria are increasing in both frequency and scale. Throughout 2016, WHO and partners have documented 126 such attacks across the country.

  • September - October 2016

    Regional health situation update

    Yemen: Providing health care to children on the brink of starvation; Syria crisis response update (October 2016); Cholera resurgence in the Eastern Mediterranean Region; Somalia: WHO supports first national public health laboratory

  • 29 April 2016

    Statement on attacks on medical facilities and personnel in the Syrian Arab Republic

    Joint statement by Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General, and Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director.

    Geneva/New York - We join the many voices expressing outrage at the attack on Al Quds Hospital in Aleppo. Among those killed were 2 doctors, including 1 of the only remaining pediatricians in the city, 3 paramedics, and numerous patients, among them children.

  • 11 March 2016

    Joint statement on Syria

    The heads of 11 humanitarian agencies, including the World Health Organization, have made a joint call for an end to the suffering in Syria: "No one wants to see a sixth year of conflict start on 15 March. Young people across Syria need to hope and believe that their future lies in their homeland... That life holds more than fear, violence and hunger."

  • February 2016

    WHO Annual report 2015 on health humanitarian response in the Syrian Arab Repbulic

    By the end of 2015, the humanitarian situation in Syria had significantly deteriorated, and no political solution was in sight. Civilians continued to bear the brunt of the crisis. Parties to the conflict continued to impose sieges and blockades. Civilians were unable to leave besieged areas, and aid agencies were unable to enter. Malnutrition rates increased, especially among children under five years of age. There were widespread attacks on health personnel and health care facilities. Around 25 000 people were wounded each month, many of them severely. Almost two thirds of the population had no access to safe water, increasing their risk of waterborne diseases. More than 1.2 million people were internally displaced during the course of the year. These numbers are staggering.

  • 17 February 2016

    WHO is appalled at the recent attacks on health care facilities in the Syrian Arab Republic. These attacks have resulted in at least 14 people being killed, including 4 health care workers, and have left many others severely injured. Our thoughts and condolences are with the families and colleagues of those killed and injured.

  • 10 February 2016

    WHO strongly condemns attack on Syrian hospital

    WHO strongly condemns an attack on a Medécins Sans Frontières (MSF)-supported hospital in Tafas, Syria, that has killed 3 people, injured at least 6, caused damage to the hospital and put the ambulance service out of action.


  • September 2015

    Whole of Syria Health Sector/Cluster Newsletter

    The year 2015 to date has been marked by an intensification of the conflict. The shortage of ambulances, specialized medical staff, equipment and supplies has led to an increased number of preventable trauma and injury-related deaths. Since the start of the conflict, 654 medical personnel have been killed, forcing medical staff to provide care beyond their level of training. Appropriate and timely interventions are needed to limit the risk of avoidable amputations and to preserve the longer-term health outcomes for patients in terms of mobility and dependence on family members and communities for survival.

  • August - September 2015

    Whole of Syria Health Sector/Cluster Newsletter

    As the scale of needs inside Syria continues to grow, and following the adoption of resolutions 2139 and 2165 by the United Nations Security Council, humanitarian actors in Syria, Jordan and Turkey have embarked on a “Whole of Syria” (WoS) approach to improve the coordination, effectiveness and operational reach of their collective responses. Under the WoS approach, health responds in the three hubs (Damascus, Amman and Gaziantep) are working together to ensure that aid is delivered with minimum overlap in a principled and timely manner, and health needs are jointly assessed with priorities identified and health information promptly provided. This is in addition to identifying and following the most appropriate and effective methods of delivery (i.e. cross-line and/or cross-border) to equitably reach people in need across the country. This newsletter outlines monthly activities and progress against objectives of the Whole of Syria (WoS) Health Sector.

  • July 2015

    Health situation report in Syria crisis

    WHO SYRIA supported the delivery of 792 000 treatments and medical supplies across Syria. This included secondary care medicines such as insulin, antibiotics and cardiovascular medicines and supplies for haemodialysis sessions to Aleppo, Damascus, Dar’a, Lattakia, Hama and Rural Damascus.

  • May - June 2015

    Health situation report in Syria crisis

    WHO SYRIA For the first time in 12 months, WHO reached beneficiaries with life-saving medicines and dialysis machines in Douma, a besieged area of Rural Damascus. The shipment targeted 80,000 families with medicines for NCDs. Medicines were delivered to health facilities in Damascus, Hama, Al Suwayda, Ar Raqqa, Daraa, Lattakia, Aleppo and Homs, benefiting some 1.3 million patients.

  • April 2015

    Health situation report in Syria crisis

    WHO SYRIA, About 1.3 million children who were not current with the national immunization schedule aged 7 months to 5 years were vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella during the catch-up campaign between 19 - 30 April.

  • March 2015

    Health situation report in Syria crisis

    WHO SYRIA provided technical and financial support for the 13th polio campaign from 22-26th March during which 2,4 million children under five were vaccinated.

  • February 2015

    Health situation report in Syria crisis

    WHO SYRIA provided technical and financial support for the 10th polio campaign from 15-19 February during which 2,9 million children under five were vaccinated.

  • January 2015

    Regional early warning and response bulletin

    World Health Organization (WHO) has established an Early Warning Alert and Response Network (EWARN) in collaboration with governments and Ministries of Health Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syrian Arab Republic. The network is strengthening the National Surveil¬lance Systems to detect disease outbreak threats and disease surveillance. The EWARN is well implemented and in Jordan and Lebanon it relies on a fixed number of sentinel sites, in the Syrian Arab Republic and in Iraq there are increasing the number of sentinel sites joining the EWARN system.

  • January 2015

    Regional health situation report

    WHO SYRIA reached 40 784 with medicines in Damas¬cus and Aleppo. WHO LEBANON continued health care worker training on the Mental Health Gap Action Program (MHGAP). WHO JORDAN sent a surgical kit to a secondary level health facility in Syria. WHO IRAQ procured four additional amobile clin¬ics with funds from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. WHO TURKEY team together with the district health authorities, visited Suruc camp and conducted an assessment of the health status and needs in the camp. WHO EGYPT worked with the MoHP in the national surveillance system for tracking reported cases at different hospitals.


  • Annual Report on WHO activities in Syrian Arab Republic

    The security situation in the Syrian Arab Republic remains critical. In 2014, the ongoing crisis affected the health and well-being of millions of Syrians. Tens of thousands of people, especially in Idleb, Dier ez-Zor, Al Hassakeh, Aleppo, Homs, Rural Damascus, Lattakia and Tartous, have been internally displaced, and more than 76 000 people, including over 3500 children, have been killed. This year was the deadliest since the crisis began in 2011.

  • December 2014

    Regional health early warning and response bulletin

    World Health Organization has established in collaboration with Governments affected by the Syrian crisis, and their Ministries of Health, an Early Warning Alert and Response Network (EWARN). The EWARN is not a parallel Information System to National Health Surveillance systems in each country. The aim of EWARN is to strengthen the National Surveillance System and to detect threats of outbreaks, clarify roles and responsibilities in disease response and outbreak control.

  • Syria Health resources and services availability mapping system (HeRams)

  • 1 August 2014

    WHO Reached the Besieged Town of Douma in East Ghouta with life-saving medicines. Continuous increase in the number of Measles and Typhoid cases reported. WHO supported more than 571 400 Syrians with medicines and medical supplies.

  • April - June 2014

    HeRAMS health centre and hospital reports

    Health resources availability mapping system on publich health centres and hospitals by WHO in collaboration with the Syrian Arab Republic Ministry of Health

  • 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.

  • 31 May 2014

    WHO Reached the Besieged Town of Douma in East Ghouta with Life-Saving Medicines. Continuous Increase in the Number of Measles and Typhoid Cases Reported. WHO Supported more than 571,400 Syrians with Medicines and Medical Supplies.

  • March 2014

    Health services have been disrupted with more than 64% of hospitals and 38% of primary health care facilities out of service. Trauma is a major burden with more than 625 000 people injured since the beginning of the conflict. UN estimates that 6.5 million people are internally displaced and a total of 9.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

  • 13 January 2014

    UNICEF and WHO in Syria condemn the interruption of a polio immunization campaign in Al-Raqa

    Damascus,13 January 2014- The representatives of the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in Syria strongly condemn the interruption of a polio immunization campaign in Al-Raqa Syrian governorate due to the intense fighting.

  • 7 January 2014

    WHO delivers more than 125 tons of medical supplies in Aleppo

    Over the past 2 weeks WHO delivered 2 shipments with more than 125 tons of medical equipment and medicines to health providers in Aleppo, Syrian Arab Republic – in both government-controlled and in opposition-controlled areas. All shipments contained surgical materials, medicines to treat chronic and infectious diseases, infant incubators, ventilators and intensive care unit (ICU) beds.

  • 6 January 2014

    Syrian Arab Republic Internal displacement and Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries

  • 2013


  • 15 December 2013

    2014 Syrian Arab Republic Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan (SHARP)

    The SHARP remains complementary to government led humanitarian response and other appeal frameworks such as those issued by the ICRC and IFRC. The humanitarian response under this plan will be implemented in full coordination with the Government of Syria and in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolution 46/182 (“Strengthening of the Coordination of Humanitarian Emergency Assistance of the United Nations”) and the Guiding Principles in its Annex. Humanitarian partners renew their commitment to deliver humanitarian aid with full respect to the sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic. This plan also underscores the need to ensure the timely delivery of humanitarian assistance.

  • 6 December 2013

    Polio vaccination campaign in the Syrian Arab Republic

    The push to immunize all children against polio has been hampered by the ongoing crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic. WHO and UNICEF have appealed to all parties to cooperate, including through temporary pauses in hostilities where needed, to allow vaccination campaigns to take place and for all children to be protected.

  • January - December 2013

    Revised Syria Humanitarian Assistance Response plan

    In collaboration with the Government of Syria, humanitarian actors—United Nations (UN) agencies, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) in Syria—are launching a revised Humanitarian assistance Response Plan for the period from 1 January to 31 December 2013, in order to address large-scale humanitarian needs throughout all 14 governorates.

  • 13 November 2013

    WHO update on polio outbreak in Middle East

    A comprehensive outbreak response continues to roll out across the Middle East following confirmation of the polio outbreak in the Syrian Arab Republic.

  • 14 October 2013

    Increasing health vulnerability with over 780 000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon

    Since the outbreak of the crisis, Lebanon has seen its population rise by nearly one third. For over two years Syria’s neighbours have struggled to cope with the protracted influx of Syrian refugees. According to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) over 780 000 refugees, 76% of whom are women and children, have fled Syria into Lebanon.

  • July 2013

  • 21 June - 9 July 2013

    Over 1.6 million Syrian have been registered as refugees since the conflict began. 1787 cases of influenza-like illness and 44 new cases of measles have been reported by the early warning and reporting system (EWARS, 9-22 June 2013). Over 81 448 Syrian children have been immunized against measles in Jordan. Six new cases of measles have been confirmed in Lebanon. All camp-based Syrian refugees in Iraq have been transferred to Al-Obaidy refugee camp.

  • 5 - 20 June 2013

    Syrian health authorities report that out of a total of 91 public hospitals across the country, 55 (60%) have been affected, of which 20 (22%) have been damaged and 35 (38%) are out of service. WHO participated in an inter-agency mission to alQusair city and Hysie in Homs to identify health needs and facilitate the delivery of medical supplies.

  • 5 June 2013

    WHO and health partners are expanding the existing disease early warning system inside the Syrian Arab Republic and establishing similar systems in all countries affected by the crisis in order to detect and rapidly respond to potential epidemics, especially during the coming summer months. Additional activities planned with partners include training of first‐line responders, pre‐positioning medicines and medical supplies, and ensuring sufficient laboratory capacity to identify infectious diseases, and implementing a summer outbreak containment plan.

  • 21 April 2013

    Regional situation

    As a result of the conflict, 70 000 individuals have lost their lives and an estimated further 350 000 persons have been injured. The health system has been severely disrupted, along with the health care infrastructure, with the workforce and availability of essential medicines and supplies being most affected. This has had a direct impact on the provision of primary and secondary health care (preventive and curative), including support for chronic diseases, reproductive health, infant and child health, nutrition, mental health services, and support for people with disabilities.

  • 13 February 2013

    Presentation on WHO Emergency Response

    By Dr Richard Brennan, WHO Director of Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian response

  • 10 February 2013

    WHO has provided health facilities with medicines and other essential supplies which will strengthen the capacity of health facilities to provide basic health care to 165 000 patients. In addition, it will enable health facilities to have access to supplies in order to undertake and properly manage about 200 surgical interventions.

  • 19 January 2013

  • January 2013

  • 15 January 2013

  • 30 December 2012 - 5 January 2013

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