Humanitarian Health Action

Syrian Arab Republic news releases and feature stories

2014

  • 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.

  • September 2014

    WHO and health partners responding to the Syrian Arab Republic health tragedy

    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

    Kuwaiti aid to WHO improves health for Syrians affected by conflict

    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

    WHO and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) reach eastern Aleppo and Mouadamiya in Rural Damascus

    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 helps bring medical supplies to besieged Syrian town of Douma for first time in 18 months

    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

    United Nations supplies arrive in Syrian conflict zone

    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

    WHO delivers more than 125 tons of medical supplies in Aleppo

    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.

2013

  • 3 December 2013

    Put polio risk above all other interests

    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.