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Crises in Syrian Arab Republic WHO Grade 3 emergency

WHO trains Syrian doctors and nurses to provide health care in Turkey

19 June 2017 -- More than 3 million Syrian refugees are now living in Turkey - the country with the highest number of refugees in the world. A new law now allows Syrian health professionals to enter the health workforce in Turkey. WHO and Public Health Institution of Turkey created a training for Syrian health workers living in Turkey. This programme focuses on integrating Syrian professionals in to the health system and ensuring that Syrian refugees can receive health care with out encountering language or cultural barriers.

WHO Grade 3 emergency

Iraq: Special health health situation report on Mosul crisis

Patients queue to receive health care services at WHO supported mobile medical clinic in Dahuk Governorate.
WHO/J. Blend
Patients queue to receive health care services at WHO supported mobile medical clinic in Dahuk Governorate.

17 June 2017 -- WHO in coordination with Erbil and Ninewa Directorates of Health (DOH) on 13 June 2017 rapidly responded to suspected food borne illness outbreak in Hassan Sham U2 camp by conducting an investigation with the aim to identify the source and cause of the outbreak, treat those ill as well as contain and prevent any spread. WHO delivered 500 rapid diagnostic test kits (RDT) to Ninewa DoH and primary health care facilities in Qayyarah, Hammam al’Alil and Salamiyah, to support the response to any future cholera outbreaks in the Governorate of Ninewa including camps and host communities. WHO donated to health partners emergency medical supplies enough to serve the needs of more than 20500 persons in Al Salamiyah camp.

WHO and health partners provide vital care to displaced people in northern Syria

In a tent camp in Jarablus, northern Syria, WHO partners vaccinate children who were evacuated with their families from besieged towns.

13 June 2017-- Responding to evacuations and a growing number of displaced people in northern Syria, WHO and its health partners are providing life-saving medical care to thousands of families. In spring 2017, following discussions between the Government of the Syrian Arab Republic and other groups, families from formerly besieged areas of the country were evacuated to areas further north.

WHO Grade 3 emergency

Yemen: Number of suspected cholera cases reaches 100 000

Woman fetching water, Yemen.
WHO / EMRO /Ashraf Fares
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8 June 2017 | SANA'A - Joint news release UNICEF/WHO: The number of suspected cholera cases in Yemen continues to rise, reaching 101 820 with 791 deaths as of 7 June 2017. Worst affected are the country’s most vulnerable: children under the age of 15 years account for 46% of cases, and those aged over 60 years represent 33% of fatalities.

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