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WHO supports life-saving health care for people in southern Syria

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SS_response_2Amman, 15 August 2018 – The World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting the provision of life-saving health care services for more than 900 000 conflict-affected people in southern Syria.

Since mid-June 2018, WHO has delivered 61 tons of supplies – enough for more than 312 000 treatments – to the Directorates of Health in Dar’a and Quneitra, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and As Sweida National Hospital. The supplies include surgical, trauma and burn kits, chronic disease medicines and insulin. WHO is also supporting the only functioning blood bank in areas of southern Syria that were formerly controlled by non-state armed groups.


In Dar’a and Quneitra governorates, local health partners supported by WHO are providing health care and nutritional screening services through static medical points and mobile clinics. Health partners in Dar’a have provided over 19 000 consultations thus far. In neighbouring Quneitra governorate, mobile teams have provided more than 2500 consultations to internally displaced people in rudimentary camps. Over 15 000 children in Dar’a and Quneitra have been screened for malnutrition. 

“With a large number of public health facilities in southern Syria damaged or destroyed, it is more important than ever that WHO and partners are able to step in and provide vital health care services to the Syrian people,” said Elizabeth Hoff, the WHO Representative in Syria. “WHO stands ready to support the provision of health care and the revitalization of public health care facilities by all means in its power.” 

SS_response_4WHO has also supported the establishment of referral services for seriously ill and wounded patients in southern Syria. To date, 363 patients have been referred to hospitals in Dar’a and Damascus for treatment.  

Despite the scaled-up response to health needs in southern Syria, WHO’s humanitarian work in Syria remains severely underfunded. As of 12 August 2018, WHO had received less than one fifth of the US$ 141 million required in 2018. 

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Southern Syrian Arab Republic Health Cluster reports

Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s)

24 422

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

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