WHO delivers emergency health kits to Suruc in Turkey


A WHO staff member stores emergency health kits in a health facility at the camp in Suruc, Turkey.

WHO has delivered 30 health kits consisting of emergency and surgical supplies to the health camps in Suruc, Turkey, to respond to a sudden influx of refugees and to emergencies such as the bomb blast that killed more than 30 and injured about 100 people 2 days ago.

The kits will be used for emergency room interventions and surgical operations and are provided under the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund. The health kits will ensure the Ministry of Health's response in case of the arrival of further refugees or incidents such as the bomb blast. About 100 people were injured in the blast and were hospitalized in Sanliurfa district and neighbouring provinces. 

"Being better prepared is one of the key priorities for a timely, effective response to emergencies, including to sudden influxes and emergencies like those we have experienced over the past months," said Dr Pavel Ursu, WHO Representative to Turkey. "Providing the most support to the Ministry of Health of Turkey for emergencies is one of the main priorities of our Country Office. WHO is coordinating with the Ministry and other partners to ensure access to equitable, life-saving health services for Syrian refugees and other people affected by this crisis."

The first tranche of the WHO donation, 86 health kits, arrived in Turkey in 2014. With the tranche delivered this week, the kits will meet the primary health care needs of 170 000 people for 3 months and emergency treatment of 1300 cases of injury and 4000 operations. 

Over the past 5 years of conflict in the neighbouring Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey has received more than 1.77 million refugees, making it host to the largest number of refugees in the world. 

WHO established a field presence in Gaziantep, Turkey, in October 2013 to scale up its capacity and activities for responding to the influx of refugees. In collaboration with the Turkish Ministry of Health, WHO is assessing the Syrian refugees' needs for essential health services and is providing support and technical expertise to the Government.