Syrian Arab Republic crisis

WHO supplies being delivered to Aleppo in 2017

WHO update on reported chemical event in Aleppo, Syrian Arab Republic

29 November 2018 – At around midnight on 24 November 2018, WHO received unconfirmed reports of patients arriving in health facilities in Aleppo with symptoms that might be consistent with exposure to chemical agents. At approximately the same time, the United Nations Department of Safety and Security office in Syria reported unconfirmed information that the Al-Zahraa, Al-Khaldiyyeh and Nile Street areas of Aleppo city had been shelled with rounds of mortar fire that included an unknown type of gas. According to unconfirmed reports, dozens of patients were being admitted to Aleppo’s two public hospitals.

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Hama National Hospital provides ray of hope for Syrian cancer patients

1 November 2018 – Fifty-five year old Um Mohammad from Ar-Raqqa governorate in the Syrian Arab Republic was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 years ago. There are no public hospitals in the governorate that can provide the treatment she needs, so she has to travel every 2 weeks to a national hospital in the neighbouring governorate of Hama for chemotherapy. The journey takes 8 hours each way.

Generous donation from Japan boosts public health services in Syria

24 October 2018 – A generous donation from the Government of Japan has allowed WHO to launch a one-year project to rehabilitate selected health care facilities in Syria. Currently, more than half the country’s hospitals and health care centres are closed or only partially functioning. This latest contribution from Japan will help improve access to health care services for Syrians in critical geographic locations, especially those with high numbers of internally displaced people.

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WHO launched the first phase of a project to improve the early detection of tuberculosis cases in Syria. WHO will focus on screening patients in hard-to-reach areas and in settlements for internally displaced people in 11 governorates.

Whole Syrian Arab Republic Health situation report

August 2018 Amman – The humanitarian situation continued deteriorate in specific locations. Approximately 60 000 people were displaced across Dar'a, Quneitra and Sweiga governorates.

WHo prioritized to scale-up emergency response throughout the northwest, where an escalation in hostilities were expected.


WHO helps restore primary health care services in Aleppo

11 October 2018, Aleppo, Syrian Arab Republic – Thanks to a generous contribution from the Government of Japan, WHO has supported the rehabilitation of two primary health care centres in east and northwest Aleppo. The two health centres were heavily affected by intensified fighting and were forced to close in 2013, depriving thousands of local residents of basic health care services.


WHO delivers largest cross-border shipment of health supplies to northwest Syrian Arab Republic to date

5 October 2018 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) supported close to 180 health facilities in northwest Syrian Arab Republic in September 2018 with essential medical supplies, totaling over 104 tonnes worth US$ 1.3 million. This is one of the biggest monthly shipments to date this year from its operational hub in Turkey, delivered to prepare for any possible escalation of conflict.

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The Director of Health in Aleppo explaining to the WHO's Representative in Syria the successful rehabilitation process of the Centre

The only tuberculosis control centre in Aleppo is up and running again

26 September 2018, Syria – The only tuberculosis (TB) control centre in Aleppo governorate is ready to open its doors again. Damages sustained during the conflict in 2016 forced the centre to close, leaving more than one thousand tuberculosis patients without access to life-saving treatment. Extensive renovations, made possible by a generous donation from the Government of Japan, have allowed the centre to reopen its doors to TB patients in Aleppo and other parts of northern Syria


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