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WHO support saves lives of malnourished children in Syria

WHO support saves lives of malnourished children in Syria

8 March 2017 -- Six years into the Syria crisis, malnutrition rates have increased, especially among children under 5 years of age. Almost 4.3 million boys and girls under the age of 5 are in need of nutrition services, including 73 000 children who are acutely malnourished. WHO is working to ensure that children suffering from malnutrition are diagnosed and treated before their condition leads to serious and long-term medical complications.

WHO reports on activities in Syria in 2016

WHO staff inspect a primary health care centre damaged in the conflict. Two men in navy blue WHO vests talk to a man in a black robe. They stand in the midst of rubble.
WHO Syria

6 March 2017 -- After almost six years of conflict, access to health care in Syria remains severely compromised. More than half of hospitals and health care facilities in Syria are either closed or only partially functioning, and there are severe shortages of health personnel, equipment and supplies.

In 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) delivered more than 11 million treatments across Syria and coordinated the response of more than 80 health partners. In 2017, WHO will continue to advocate for unimpeded access to all parts of Syria for the delivery of life-saving health care.

WHO mobile clinics bring health care to northern Syria

1 March 2017 -- The WHO Regional Office for Europe today announced the delivery of five mobile clinics to meet the health needs of sick and injured people in northern Syria. Each unit can provide first aid and emergency care for up to 1000 people per month. WHO/Europe made the announcement during an awards ceremony held near its field office in Gaziantep, Turkey, attended by representatives of Turkey’s Ministry of Health. The event honoured the achievements of health partners, as well as the support of the Turkish Government, in providing medical care to the people of northern Syria in 2016.

WHO briefs the UN Security on the health situation in Syria

On 26 January 2017, Dr. Peter Salama, Executive Director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, joined Mr. Stephen O’Brien, UN Under-Secretary-General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, and Mr. Amir Mahmoud Abdulla, Deputy Executive Director of the World Food Program, to brief the UN Security Council on the on-going challenges and UN system-wide efforts to provide protection, food, and medical supplies and care in Syria.

Recent updates from Syria

Syria - Emergencies Response Plan 2017

Health sector funding requirements
US$ 459,248,121 (health partners including WHO)

WHO requirements US$ 163,748,100

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