Syrian Arab Republic crisis

WHO statement on attacks on health facilities in north west Syria

1 September 2019 Cairo, Egypt -- WHO is gravely concerned about reported attacks on seven health care facilities in the north west of Syria from 28-30 August 2019. Attacks on four facilities have been verified according to WHO reporting standards, and three are in process of verification.

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Nurses who made a difference

20 August 2019 – 32-year-old Bayan is the head nurse at Al-Hikmah hospital in Al-Hasakeh governorate. She has spent the past 8 years in critical care, looking after emergency, trauma and intensive care patients. “Nursing is immensely fulfilling”, she says. “People are admitted in a critical condition, and you nurse them back to health. You accompany them on their journey: you rejoice with them when they make progress, you encourage them when there are setbacks, and you let them express their fears and frustrations. Not all of them do so well, of course; some patients die suddenly, and not all newborn babies survive.”

Patient reviewing the treatment plan for her diabetes with doctor in north-western Syria Arab Republic

Syrian Arabic Republic: tackling NCDs in emergencies through primary health care

5 August 2019 -- Providing primary health care services in a country like the Syrian Arabic Republic, which is facing one of the world’s most complex humanitarian emergencies, presents many challenges for addressing non-communicable diseases (NCDs). With a severely weakened health system, challenges include short supplies of medicines and ensuring access and continuity in health services.

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WHO addressing leishmaniasis in high-risk areas of the Syrian Arab Republic

24 July 2019 -- Batul’s thought nothing of it when she felt irritating bites traced to little black flies. Little did she know that the biting insects were sandflies, the main carriers of the leishmaniasis parasite. It is characterized by irregular bouts of fever, weight loss and skin lesions amongst others. The little bumps quickly swelled, opening to disfiguring lesions urgently requiring treatment. Batul lives in north-western Syrian Arab Republic, where one of the world’s most severe humanitarian crises has left over four million people struggling to access health care.

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Elizabeth Hoff in Syria

Elizabeth Hoff: Seven years of tireless work in war-torn Syria

When Elizabeth Hoff was appointed as WHO Representative in Syria in 2012, she didn’t expect that she would spend the next several years leading the emergency health response in what has been described as the world’s largest and most complex humanitarian emergency. After seven years of working in the war-ravaged country, the next chapter of her career will take her to Libya, where she has been nominated WHO Representative.

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North-west Syrian Arab Republic health situation update

30 June 2019 -- The escalation of conflict in north-west Syria continued unabated during the reporting period, impacting civilians, health care infrastructure and health service provision in northern Hama and southern Idleb governorates.

Health partners have reported a need for medicines and medical equipment for newly established primary health care facilities and/or upgrading existing structures in Idleb. These facilities have been either relocated from northern Hama or newly established to meet the needs of internally displaced people.


WHO delivers health care to displaced people in north-west Syrian Arab Republic

2 July 2019 -- Organization (WHO) and partners have deployed eight mobile clinics since the beginning of May 2019. These mobile clinics are often the only source of healthcare to people who have been cut off from access to regular health services as a result of the ongoing conflict in the area. On average, each of these mobile clinics provides between 1 500 to 1 800 health consultations per month and ensures referrals to the closest health facility if further care is needed.

Photo: SEMA (Syrian Expatriates Medical Association)

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