WHO welcomes unprecedented international support for Syrians
10 February 2016 – The World Health Organization welcomes the unprecedented support shown by countries participating in the "Supporting Syrians and the Region Conference" in London on 4 February, during which more than US$ 10 billion was pledged to provide humanitarian aid to people affected by the Syrian crisis over the coming 5 years.
“Countries have recognized the extent of this humanitarian catastrophe,” said Dr Ala Alwan, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean. “This generous donor support will ensure life-saving activities for millions of people inside Syria. It will also provide much needed support to refugees and host communities in neighbouring countries, where the demand for health services is placing an enormous strain on public health infrastructure.”
Almost 6 years into the Syrian crisis, the health situation inside the country remains dire. Shortages of specialized medical staff, disrupted referral systems and limited medical supplies have led to growing numbers of preventable deaths. Large numbers of wounded Syrians continue to die or face permanent disabilities as a result of limited access to medical care. Increasing numbers of people are at risk of complications from chronic diseases that could be easily controlled with access to treatment. Childhood vaccination rates have dropped dramatically, leaving children at greater risk of life-threatening diseases, such as measles and polio.