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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WHO supports polio vaccination campaign for nearly 200 000 Syrian children from Turkey

In response to a poliomyelitis (polio) outbreak in the eastern part of Syria in spring 2017, WHO/Europe procured vaccines from its field office in Gaziantep, Turkey, for a vaccination campaign that reached nearly 200 000 children in north-western Syria. These cross-border activities are part of the UN’s “Whole of Syria” approach to provide humanitarian assistance, including health services, to populations across the entire country.

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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 facitilities.

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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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