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Situation reports on north-west Syria

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Provision of primary health care to newly internally displaced people through WHO-supported mobile teams. Photo: SEMA   Provision of primary health care to newly internally displaced people through WHO-supported mobile teams. Photo: SEMA

Situation overview

  • The escalation of conflict in north-west Syria continued unabated during the reporting period, impacting civilians, health care infrastructure and health service provision in northern Hama and southern Idleb governorates.
  • Since the beginning of the year, there have been 38 attacks on health care, resulting in 31 deaths and 55 injuries of health staff.
  • Due to the recent crisis, it is estimated that over 330 000 people have been newly displaced, moving mostly to areas near the Turkish border in northern Idleb. In these areas, a large number of IDPs who were displaced previously are already present. More than half of the population in Idleb governorate are already IDPs.
  • Recently displaced people have mostly settled in either already densely populated camps that are at full or excess capacity, or in makeshift camps in the countryside. Some have found refuge with host families or in mosques and schools. This has put an additional strain on health care service delivery.

Read the latest situation report on north-west Syria, 15 May–30 June 2019

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Situation repors on north-west Syria, Issue 1, 1–15 May 2019

Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s)

24 422

Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure)

4.8

Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births)

68

Primary health care centres and units (per 10 000 population)

0.8

Total life expectancy at birth (years)

63.8

Source: Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

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