Syrian Arab Republic

WHO support saves lives of malnourished children in Syria


8 March 2017 – Six years into the Syria crisis, malnutrition rates have increased, especially among children under 5 years of age. Almost 4.3 million boys and girls under the age of 5 are in need of nutrition services, including 73 000 children who are acutely malnourished. WHO is working to ensure that children suffering from malnutrition are diagnosed and treated before their condition leads to serious and long-term medical complications.

12-month-old Samer* was born one year after his parents fled their home in Rural Hama due to severe clashes. “The situation in the area we arrived at was very bad.” said Samer’s mother. “I was exhausted, depressed and always hungry. Sometimes I could barely find a loaf of bread to share with my husband. I couldn’t breastfeed Samer anymore, and I could see that my baby was suffering with us in our starvation,” she said, holding back her tears.

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In focus

WHO reaches more people in need across Syria, thanks to the unwavering support of the European Commission

29 November 2016 – Aicha and her 5 children live in Jaramana, a small town on the outskirts of Damascus. Aicha fled the city of Deir-ez-Zor more than 2 years ago...

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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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