Syrian Arab Republic

Thanks to the support of the European Commission, a new hope for children with chronic diseases


29 November 2016 – The conflict in Syria is now in its fifth year. Millions of people are in need of humanitarian aid such as medicines and food. Civilians are trapped in conflict areas, and those trying to flee need urgent assistance and protection. Acute shortages of basic life needs are rendering the situation almost impossible for those who decide to stay. 

People with chronic diseases no longer have sustainable access to life-saving medicines. As a result, they are at increased risk of dying or developing complications from diseases that are normally manageable with proper treatment.

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Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s)

22 712

Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure)


Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births)


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


Total life expectancy at birth (years)


Source: Country statistical profiles 2016
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