27 October 2015 -- After more than four years of crisis, 13.5 million Syrians are currently in need of humanitarian assistance – a number comparable to the populations of Switzerland and New Zealand combined. At a Member State briefing in Geneva, Switzerland, on Tuesday, 27 October, the World Health Organization restated its commitment to the people of Syria and called on the global community to come together to address rising health needs.
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
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.