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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Reaching out with mental health services for displaced Syrians

With support from WHO, UOSSM runs a fixed-site mental health centre treating patients with acute mental health problems in north-western Syria. But “You can’t just sit and wait for people to come to you. You should reach out to people,” says Samir*, a Syrian psychologist who works for UOSSM across the border in Turkey.

Improving access to health services in northern Syria

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Attacks on Syria’s health care personnel and facilities

Since the beginning of the conflict there have been more than 350 verified attacks on health facilities, in which over 70 health staff were killed

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