Syrian Arab Republic

WHO condemns attacks on 3 health facilities in north-west Syria

5 April 2019 – The World Health Organization (WHO) strongly condemns the consecutive reported attacks on 3 health facilities in north-west Syria on 28 and 30 April. The attacks resulted in damage to infrastructure, putting them out of service.

Of the 3 facilities attacked, 2 were hospitals located in northern Hama providing life-saving medical services to thousands of vulnerable populations affected by increased hostilities over the past weeks. The first hospital hit, in the early hours of 28 April, offered general surgery, maternal and child care services to approximately 8000 beneficiaries per month.

On the same day, in the late afternoon, the second hospital was hit which provided, on average, 1300 medical outpatient consultations and over 300 major and minor surgeries per month. With these hospitals out of service, there is only one other hospital remaining in the area to provide secondary healthcare services. The other facility was located in Idlib, providing on average 1500 primary healthcare consultations per month.

» Full story

WHO-supported vaccination campaign to immunize 2.8 million children against vaccine-preventable diseases

WHO-supported_vaccination_team_is_providing_immunization_services_to_children_in_Fafin_IDP_camp_in_rural_Aleppo._PhotoWHO.Syria_2019WHO-supported vaccination team is providing immunization services to children in Fafin camp for internally displaced people in rural Aleppo. Photo: WHO/Syria 2019

22 April 2019, Damascus, Syria ‒ Over the next 6 days, the World Health Organization (WHO), in cooperation with the Syrian Ministry of Health and UNICEF, will conduct a series of national immunization days to immunize children under the age of 5 against vaccine-preventable diseases, including tuberculosis, pertussis, diphtheria, polio, tetanus, hepatitis B, haemophilus influenza, measles, mumps and rubella.

WHO aims to vaccinate approximately 2.8 million children under the age of 5 in 13 governorates in Syria. The campaign will focus on reaching almost 250 000 children who were not vaccinated during previous campaigns. Over 6800 vaccinators and 2487 mobile medical teams will be deployed to 900 public health centres and 1268 temporary vaccination posts. WHO is providing technical support to the Ministry of Health and covering the operational costs of the campaign.  

» Full story
Previous
Next
  • WHO condemns attacks on 3 health facilities in north-west Syria
  • WHO-supported vaccination campaign to immunize 2.8 million children against vaccine-preventable diseases
    WHO-supported vaccination campaign to immunize 2.8 million children against vaccine-preventable diseases

Events

Infographics

Health sector 4Ws snapshots The health sector 4Ws snapshots indicates which partners are doing what, where and at which time. Health sector 4Ws snapshots Summary of key indicators WHO’s key indicators reports illustrate the...

» Read the full story

In focus

Situation reports on Al-Hol Camp, Al-Hasakeh

Situation The deplorable conditions in Al-Hol camp persist. More than 73 000 people, 90% of whom are women and children, are living in severe overcrowding, with very limited health care and...

» Read the full story

Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s)

24 422

Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure)

4.8

Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births)

68

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

0.8

Total life expectancy at birth (years)

63.8

Source: Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

See Syrian Arab Republic country profile

Regional Health Observatory

Eat healthy in Ramadan