Syria crisis: health response from Turkey

Years of conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic have resulted in hundreds of thousands injured or ill or killed. 5 million people have sought refuge in neighbouring countries, more than 6 million are internally displaced and 13.5 million people are in need of humanitarian aid within the country. From Turkey, WHO and its health partners provide medical services to Syrian refugees in Turkey and to populations in northern Syria.

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Prevent and prepare: WHO trains Syrian health professionals on cholera outbreaks

From its field office in Gaziantep, Turkey, close to the border with Syria, WHO conducted a training to prepare more than 30 Syrian doctors for preventing and responding to a potential cholera outbreak.

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Attacks on Syria’s health care personnel and facilities

Since the beginning of the conflict, over 800 health workers have been killed in more than 500 recorded attacks on health facilities.

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On World Humanitarian Day, WHO maintains that health facilities and personnel are not a target for violence and demands that all parties in conflicts respect the safety and neutrality of health care.

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Summaries of WHO’s work in Turkey and northern Syria

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