Syrian Arab Republic news releases and feature stories
28 January 2016
The World Health Organization and its partners remain committed to supporting efforts to respond to the critical health needs of the millions of people affected by the conflict inside and outside of Syria. After almost five years of conflict, the population is more vulnerable than ever, particularly to disease outbreaks and malnutrition. Read five facts on the Syrian crisis and its impact on health.
14 January 2015
UNICEF and WHO appeal for the lifting of siege on communities in Syria
This week’s delivery of urgently needed humanitarian supplies to the besieged communities of Madaya, Foua’a and Kafraya is a welcome step for a population in desperate need. During the mission to Madaya, our teams met many distressed and hungry children - some of them severely malnourished, along with adults in a similar condition.
7 December 2015
In the early hours of 3 October, rockets slammed into a Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing at least 14 health workers and injuring 37. An MSF clinic in the southern Yemen city of Taiz was bombed on 2 December, injuring 9 people, including 2 MSF staff. Since 2012, almost 60% of hospitals in Syria have been partially or completely destroyed, and more than half of the country’s health workers have fled or been killed.
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.
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.
6 July 2015
WHO and partners call for greater funding for the regional response to the Syrian crisis
“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.
18 June 2015
WHO airlifts from Damascus medical supplies to the besieged Deir ez-Zor city and Qamishly
Damascus – A cargo plane carrying 15 metric tonnes of much needed life-saving medicines and surgical supplies for almost 40 000 people landed in Deir ez-Zor city. This shipment is the second airlift that WHO has delivered this week. On Sunday, an airlift of 30 metric tonnes of chronic disease medicines, including for hypertension, diabetes, epilepsy, mental illness, as well as surgical supplies landed in Qamishly carrying assistance for some 78 000 people.
26 May 2015
WHO partners with MENTOR Initiative to control leishmaniasis in Aleppo and Deir ez-Zor
In a strategic effort to control outbreaks of leishmaniasis in the hard-to-reach and opposition-controlled areas, WHO partnered with MENTOR Initiative to distribute long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINS) for over half a million beneficiaries in Aleppo and Deir ez-Zor governorates of northern Syria.
15 May 2015
WHO–Kuwait partnership to help the people of Syria
After 4 years of conflict in Syria, over 50% of the population does not have access to safe drinking- water and proper sanitation. The innumerable disruptions in water supply services and the significant increase of internally displaced persons have added additional burden on the water supply infrastructure. This has resulted in outbreaks of waterborne diseases, such as hepatitis A and typhoid, rendering millions vulnerable to life-threatening illnesses.
27 March 2015
Millions of Syrians endure deteriorating health crisis: WHO calls for increased funding
Aleppo, Syria -- Ahead of third International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria in Kuwait, the World Health Organization (WHO) appeals for US$ 124 million to continue its support to health services in the Syrian Arab Republic. “Scenes of severely injured children and civilians are yet another stark reminder of the immense and continuous suffering of the Syrian people” says Ms. Elizabeth Hoff, WHO Representative in Syria, who visited Al Razy hospital in Aleppo shortly after scores of war wounded people were brought in on 23 March.
19 December 2014
For 2015, WHO Syria will require over US$ 116 million to continue to provide life-saving medical treatments and improve access to health services across the war-torn country. “Without these resources people will be unable to access life-saving medicines, medical supplies and equipment,” said Elizabeth Hoff, WHO Representative to Syria. She added that the needs were sharply increasing and the lives of thousands of Syrians were at danger.
The lives of thousands of Syrians have been devastated as a result of the turmoil that has engulfed the country for the past three years. Moustafa’s case is no exception.
12 September 2014
WHO and Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) deliver medical aid to opposition-controlled areas in Daraa and Rural Damascus
The World Health Organization (WHO) together with SARC delivered medical assistance from Damascus to hard-to-reach locations in Daraa and Rural Damascus governorates.
21 August 2014
A US$45 million donation to the World Health Organization from Kuwait has saved the lives and addressed the health needs of millions of people affected by the conflict in Syria, a new WHO report says.
15 August 2014
Crossing the buffer zone between government and oppostion-controlled territory, urgently needed surgical and medical supplies are delivered to besieged eastern Aleppo by WHO and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC). The humanitarian situation in the area is acute and there has been a shortage of basic medical supplies since the onset of the conflict in Syria in 2011. This life-saving delivery took place following a ceasfire agreement between the government and the opposition.
31 July 2014
WHO and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent Reach Eastern Aleppo City and Mouadamiya in rural Damascus
Subsequent to an agreement with the Syrian government and the opposition, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) have delivered surgical and medical assistance to besieged eastern Aleppo and communities in Mouadamiya in Rural Damascus.
28 May 2014
WHO has helped to bring life-saving medicines and medical supplies to thousands of people in the besieged Syrian town of Douma for the first time in 18 months. Two WHO trucks loaded with urgently needed supplies to support the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the local health authorities reached the town in the East Ghouta area on Saturday as part of a UN inter-agency convoy.
5 May 2014
WHO delivers life-saving medicines and surgical supplies to Ar-Raqqah governorate
The World Health Organization (WHO) has supplied crucial medicines and medical equipment, including surgical supplies and dialysis sessions to Ar-Raqqah governorate in north central Syria to support over 117 000 vulnerable people.
27 April 2014
Damascus – The World Health Organization (WHO) and its health partners have launched the fourth World Vaccination Week in Syria which is taking place from 26 April to 1 May 2014.
23 April 2014
The heads of UN humanitarian agencies issued a joint statement on behalf of the millions of people affected by the crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic. The appeal calls on all parties to the conflict to 1) take urgent action to enable unconditional humanitarian access to all people in need; 2) lift the sieges on civilians; and 3) end the indiscriminate bombing and shelling of civilians.
9 April 2014
WHO supports provision of vital medicines in Syria with funding from the Government of Kuwait
The World Health Organization (WHO) has received a contribution of US$ 10 million from the Government of Kuwait to support its activities in Syria as a result of the crisis. This contribution is a continuation of the US$ 35 million support already provided by Kuwait in 2013.
30 March 2014
WHO delivers urgently-needed medicines and medical supplies to Lattakia
The World Health Organization (WHO) is responding to the emerging health needs in Lattakia governorate by supporting local health authorities with critical medicines and medical supplies.
25 March 2014
A 78-truck United Nations convoy has delivered humanitarian supplies for thousands of vulnerable and displaced people in the Syrian Arab Republic.
19 March 2014
WHO delivers medical supplies airlifted from Damascus to hard-to-reach areas in north-east Syria
Qamishli, Syria –– The second of a series of airlifts from Damascus supplying the northeastern governorate of Al-Hasakah with medical supplies for more than 335 000 vulnerable and displaced Syrians landed on Tuesday at Qamishli airport.
5 March 2014
Syria polio outbreak adds burden to an already damaged health system
In an isolated room on the fifth floor of the children’s hospital in Damascus lay 5-year old Islam Hameed. She was one of the first confirmed polio cases identified in Syria last October. As of 5 March 2014, 25 polio cases have been confirmed in Syria, of which 17 were reported in Deir ez-Zor governorate. All children were very young and many aged 2 years or under, and were found to be un- or under-immunized.
2 March 2014
Polio outbreak response under way to protect children in five highest-risk countries .
Children in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Syria will be the first of nearly 10 million children across the Middle East to receive a dose of polio vaccine this month.
10 February 2014
Medical supplies air-delivered to north-east Syria
10 February 2014 – The World Health Organization (WHO) started this week to deliver medicines, vaccine and medical supplies to north-east Syria by chartered flights from the capital Damasacus.
3 February 2014
Media centre New polio vaccination round begun in Syria
Homs, Syria – The queue was already formed when three volunteer polio vaccinators arrived at ‘Mohammed El Durra’ school in Homs that was transformed last year into a shelter for over 500 displaced people.
29 January 2014
WHO delivers supplies to expand access to free emergency health services in Homs
29 January 2014 | Homs, Syria -- In 2014 the Syrian Arab Republic will need more than US$ 450 million to provide essential and life-saving medicines and medical supplies to 9.3 million people in both government and opposition-controlled areas. WHO convened a meeting of national and international experts in Damascus last week to update the essential medicines list. Beside supplies for treatment of conflict-related injuries, the list includes life-saving medicines and medical supplies needed for diseases such as cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, reproductive health, as well as critical hospital equipment.
27 January 2014
This year Syria will need more than US$ 450 million to provide essential and life-saving medicines and medical supplies to 9.3 million people in both in government- and opposition-controlled areas. At the meeting convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Damascus last week, national and international experts updated the essential medicines list. Beside supplies for treatment of conflict-related injuries, the list includes life-saving medicines and medical supplies needed for diseases such as cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, reproductive health, as well as critical hospital equipment.
7 January 2014
Over the past 2 weeks WHO delivered 2 shipments with more than 125 tons of medical equipment and medicines to health providers in Aleppo, Syrian Arab Republic – in both government-controlled and in opposition-controlled areas. All shipments contained surgical materials, medicines to treat chronic and infectious diseases, infant incubators, ventilators and intensive care unit (ICU) beds.
3 December 2013
The push to immunize all children against polio has been hampered by the ongoing crisis in the Syrian Arab Republic. WHO and UNICEF have appealed to all parties to cooperate, including through temporary pauses in hostilities where needed, to allow vaccination campaigns to take place and for all children to be protected.
13 November 2013
WHO update on polio outbreak in Middle East
A comprehensive outbreak response continues to roll out across the Middle East following confirmation of the polio outbreak in the Syrian Arab Republic.
8 November 2013
Vaccination campaign in Syrian Arab Republic
The largest-ever consolidated immunization response in the Middle East is under way to stop a polio outbreak, aiming to vaccinate over 20 million children in seven countries and territories repeatedly.
3 June 2013
WHO warns of disease epidemics
WHO warns of increased risk of disease epidemics in Syrian Arab Republic and in neighbouring countries as summer approaches.
15 January 2013
WHO's scaling up response to the crises
WHO is establishing an emergency support team to provide technical and operational support to its offices in the Syrian Arab Republic and the neighbouring countries of Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt and Turkey.