Syrian Arab Republic situation reports
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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