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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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

August highlights WHO SYRIA provided life-saving medicines and supplies for more than 300 000 trauma patients in Aleppo, Al Hassakeh, As-Sweida, Damascus and Lattakia. WHO EGYPT conducted an intensive 4-day training course...

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Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s)

21 639

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 2014

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