WHO delivers surgical kits and cholera tests for people in need in northern Syrian Arab Republic


Surgical kits supplied by WHO are prepared for shipment to northern Syria.

On 27 January 2016, WHO shipped 40 emergency surgical kits and 500 cholera tests to northern Syrian Arab Republic to support health operations and assist people on the ground. 

"One of our priorities is to make sure that humanitarian aid is available when people need it", says Dr Alaa Abou Zeid, Emergency Health Coordinator of WHO's Field Presence in Gaziantep, Turkey. "As people's health needs in northern Syria increase constantly, we are working closely with more than 50 health partners and donors to mobilize more resources and make life-saving interventions widely available". 

The shipment is in line with UN Security Council resolution 2165 that authorizes delivery of humanitarian aid, including medical and surgical supplies, across borders to people in need throughout the Syrian Arab Republic.

The shipment comprises:

  • 40 surgical kits for performing 2000 operations. Procured through a contribution from Kuwait, they will equip emergency rooms in several health facilities and hospitals in the northern part of the country. 
  • 500 cholera diagnostics kits to cover the needs of about 25 000 people in case of outbreaks of acute watery diarrhoea. This shipment, made possible with USAID funding, was triggered by the cholera outbreak in Iraq in September 2015 and is in line with the preparedness plan for high-risk areas. These cholera diagnostic kits include rapid testing and materials for taking samples. They will be pre-positioned in 7 governorates to prepare the response to water-borne disease outbreaks. 

WHO coordinates the Early Warning Alert and Response Network (EWARN), a surveillance system for communicable diseases in northern Syrian Arab Republic. WHO also provides support to nongovernmental organizations, including training, preparedness planning and contingency stockpiling.