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#ProtectHealthWorkers: stop the attacks on health care in Syria

A bloody waiting room following attack on a health facility

#ProtectHealthWorkers: stop the attacks on health care in Syria

18 August 2016 – #ProtectHealthWorkers is a campaign by WHO focusing on health workers and health facilities, highlighting the challenges and risks they face every day, and monitoring their safety, making sure they remain protected and unharmed. Syria is now the most dangerous country in the world for health workers. The number of attacks on hospitals and health centres has not gone down in spite of international attention – this year they have gone up.

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Health care increasingly out of reach for Syrians in eastern Aleppo City

Health care increasingly out of reach for Syrians in eastern Aleppo City

Health care increasingly out of reach for Syrians in eastern Aleppo City

5 August 2016 – While the demand for medical care increases in eastern Aleppo City, especially for severe war-related injuries, escalating violence and besiegement of the city has resulted in reduced availability of health care services due to attacks on health facilities, shortages of health care workers, and limited medicines and medical supplies. In July 2016 alone, there were 22 confirmed attacks on health care facilities in Aleppo. According to local health authorities, 8 out of 10 hospitals and 13 out of 28 primary health care centres are now partially functional or out of service as a result of these attacks.

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World Refugee Day 2016

World Refugee Day 2016

World Refugee Day 2016

First marked in 2001, World Refugee Day is held every year on 20 June. War and persecution have displaced and forced more than 60 million people to flee their homes and seek safety elsewhere. Half of the world's refugees are from WHO's Eastern Mediterranean Region.

WHO is concerned about the health of families on the move. “Leaving no one behind” is a central tenet in the Organization’s response to providing access to health care throughout their journey: from their country of origin, as they transit and until they reach their final destination.

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