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As Syria’s armed conflict grows, WHO aid to the region is unrelenting

A child receives polio vaccine in a refugee camp, Al-Hassake, Syrian Arab Republic
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23 September 2015 -- Since armed unrest erupted more than 4 years ago in Syria, resulting in huge movements of the population inside the country and spilling into neighboring countries, WHO has taken a lead role – one that continues in the face of crippling funding shortfalls - to support the displaced. WHO staff have been working to ensure that: life-saving medicines and medical supplies reach Syrians and the region’s host populations and governments; technical assistance is given to the region’s ministries of health, with health care workers being trained; mass vaccination campaigns are supported; and the ability to monitor outbreaks of communicable diseases is boosted.

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WHO and partners call for greater funding for the regional response to the Syrian crisis

6 July 2015-- “Governments dealing with the fallout of the Syria crisis are under incredible strain to address the health needs of their own people in addition to those of Syrian refugees,” said Chris Maher, manager of WHO’s emergency support team for the Syria crisis, based in Amman, Jordan.

“There is drastic need for increased funding, particularly for the health sector to ensure the continued provision of health services and to build and strengthen national systems so that they are able to cope with the increased burden,” he said.

WHO–Kuwait partnership to help the people of Syria

Ayham lives with his family on the outskirts of Damascus. They receive water only for 3 hours every 3 days.
Ayham lives with his family on the outskirts of Damascus. They receive water only for 3 hours every 3 days.

15 May 2015 -- After four years of conflict in Syria, over 50% of the population does not have access to safe drinking water or proper sanitation. Inadequate access to safe water supplies in the country has resulted in outbreaks of waterborne diseases such as hepatitis A and typhoid, rendering millions vulnerable to life-threatening illnesses. WHO is working to improve access to clean drinking water inside Syria, thanks to the generosity of the Government of Kuwait.

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