Syrian Arab Republic

WHO urgently appealing for US$20 000 000 to respond to growing crisis in north-east Syria

WHO is urgently appealing for US$20 000 000

WHO is urgently appealing for US$20 000 000 to respond to the growing crisis in north-east Syria, where over 200 000 displaced people, including civilians who have been severely wounded in the conflict, have only limited access to health care.

Tens of thousands of civilians have fled Ar-Raqqa city in Ar-Raqqa governorate since the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began their offensive to retake control of the city from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). More than 200 000 people have been displaced since April 2017 (more than 87 000 have remained in Ar-Raqqa governorate, almost 37 000 have fled to Aleppo, and around 33 500 have gone to Idleb, with smaller numbers fleeing to Hama, Deir-ez-Zor and Homs governorates). Most of the population is facing critical shortages of food, water, and health care.

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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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