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.
10 things to know about the Syrian crisis
24 January 2017 – WHO has made important strides in its work during the Syrian crisis. A successful negotiation led to the evacuation of patients in critical condition from east Aleppo. Thousands more, fleeing besieged areas, received health care from mobile clinics. As the crisis continues, WHO's work in Syria remains crucial.
Survey raises concerns about hepatitis C infection in Syria
10 January 2017 – A survey of more than 20 000 people in Syria has found a concerning number of people infected with hepatitis C, especially among people who are at higher risk. Cases of hepatitis B infection, however, are decreasing as a result of an effective national vaccination campaign.
3 January 2017 – Intensified fighting in eastern Aleppo starting in July 2016 resulted in thousands of people injured and killed, and has deprived the civilian population of essential services, including health care. On 13 December, a plan to evacuate civilians was announced by WHO and partners. The first evacuations from besieged neighbourhoods in eastern Aleppo took place 15 December 2016.