Syrian Arab Republic


WHO partners with MENTOR Initiative to control leishmaniasis in Aleppo and Deir ez-Zor

26 May 2014 – 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. 

Leishmaniasis is a neglected tropical disease, endemic in many parts of the world, including in Syria. Several outbreaks have occurred in the Middle East over the past decades, mostly related to war-associated population migration. However, the frequency and magnitude of leishmaniasis occurrence became alarming as the Syrian conflict drags into the fifth year.

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Events

WHO reaches 80 000 families with life-saving medicines in Douma, Rural Damascus

18 May 2015 – For the first time in 12 months, WHO has reached beneficiaries with life-saving medicines and dialysis machines in Douma, a besieged area of Rural Damascus governorate....

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In focus

Regional situation reports 2015

July highlights WHO Syria supported the delivery of 792 000 treatments and medical supplies across Syria. This included secondary care medicines, such as insulin, antibiotics and cardiovascular medicines and supplies for...

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Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s)

21 639

Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure)

5.6

Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births)

49

Primary health care centres and units (per 10 000 population)

0.9

Total life expectancy at birth (years)

68.0

Source: Country statistical profiles 2014

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