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Syrian Arab Republic: Local health partners support referral of trauma patients from Deir-ez-Zor and Rural Ar-Raqqa to Al-Hasakeh governorate

Local health partners support referral of trauma patients from Deir-ez-Zor and Rural Ar-Raqqa to Al-Hasakeh governorate

5 July 2017, Damascus, Syria – One-year-old Mohamed was lying on a mattress near a window at his home in his village, 10 km west of Deir-ez-Zor, when an airstrike hit his neighbourhood. When his father heard the screaming, he rushed to help and saw that his son’s leg was badly injured. Mohamed needed urgent medical care, but what made things worse is that there was no functioning hospital nearby due to the ongoing conflict.

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Making the golden hours count: WHO trains Syrian health staff to treat chemical exposure and severe trauma

A Syrian doctor uses a dummy to practice intubation during a trauma training course run by the WHO field office in Gaziantep in south-eastern Turkey.
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A Syrian doctor uses a dummy to practice intubation during a trauma training course run by the WHO field office in Gaziantep in south-eastern Turkey.

21 June 2017-- Muhanad, a surgeon in northern Syria, happened to be visiting his nephew not far from the town of Khan Sheikhoun on 4 April 2017. During the visit, he was called to a local field hospital that was receiving emergency cases of patients exposed to gas. He realized their symptoms weren’t what he was used to seeing with similar incidents. “More than 30 patients came in the afternoon,” he says. “They were in convulsions. That’s not a chlorine gas symptom.”

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More than 12 000 treatments delivered to Ein Issa and Karameh camps in Al-Raqqa governorate

Medical shipment to Ain-Issa camp, north rural Al- raqqa
WHO/Syrian Arab Republic
Medical shipment to Ain-Issa camp, north rural Al- raqqa

22 June 2017 – The World Health Organization (WHO) has responded to an acute shortage of life saving medicines by dispatching a shipment of more than 12 000 treatments to the 2 main camps for internally displaced persons in rural Al-Raqqa. This shipment will support treatment of patients with chronic conditions, infectious diseases and diarrhoeal diseases who lack adequate access to medical care.

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Syria - Emergencies Response Plan 2017

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US$ 459,248,121 (health partners including WHO)

WHO requirements US$ 163,748,100
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