Health impact of the crisis in Syria
The conflict intensified between 11 September and 10 October 2013, resulting in increased displacement. In Hama governorate, the number of internally-displaced persons (IDPs) reached 800 000. This situation is posing an additional burden on the already disrupted health system, resulting in lack of essential medicines and equipment (anaesthesia, dialysis, surgical drugs and equipment). The complexity of medicines distribution is hampering regular provision of life-saving services. Simultaneously, malnutrition has increased with an average of 30–35 cases per day reported by a local nongovernmental organization (NG0) ‘Charity for Social Care’, which is running a clinic in Hama.
Neighbouring countries: The number of Syrians seeking refuge outside Syria increased notably, travelling predominantly to Lebanon (55 906 new refugees), followed by Iraq and Egypt (over 18 000 new refugees each), and finally, Jordan with (8888 new refugees).