WHO has supported almost half a million people in Dar’a with life-saving medicines, including intravenous drugs. Photo credit: WHO/SyriaDar’a, Syria, 20 July 2014 – In response to the critical health needs in Dar’a governorate, WHO has supported 424 500 people by providing local health authorities with 25 metric tonnes of life-saving, chronic disease medicines and intravenous fluids, including multivitamins for children.
"This breakthrough delivery will bring much needed medical supplies to vulnerable populations in one of the areas most in need of medical assistance in Syria,” said Elizabeth Hoff, WHO Representative in Syria.
Due to the challenging security situation, this is WHO’s second delivery to Dar’a in 2014 – last March, the Organization supported health authorities and local nongovernmental organizations with medical assistance for over 110 000 beneficiaries.
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The crisis has disrupted health care services and led to dire shortages of essential medicines, supplies and health care workers, especially those trained in emergency care. Photo credit: WHO/Aleppo.7 July 2014 – The violence in the Syrian Arab Republic has continued to escalate in the last few months. The past three months have been marked by continuing conflict, with pockets of sustained high-intensity fighting.
There have been no major changes in the balance of power in the central and southern regions, in spite of government gains in these areas. Opposition groups continued to fight the Syrian Armed Forces (SAF) along the main highway linking Syria's major urban centres, from Aleppo to Dar'a, while combat between armed opposition groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant and Kurdish forces continued in the east and north. Clashes in frontline areas (including Dar'a, Deir ez-Zor, Rural Damascus, Homs and Aleppo) have led to new large-scale displacements and a worsening humanitarian situation.
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