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.Read more about WHO's work in the Syria crisis
Top storyWHO 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.Read more
- WHO supports polio vaccination campaign for nearly 200 000 Syrian children from Turkey
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- WHO online trainings help medical staff in Syria’s besieged areas save lives
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.Read more and sign the petition
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.See humanitarian health personnel at work and support the #NotATarget campaign.
Health services for Syrian refugees in TurkeyWHO works closely with Turkey’s Ministry of Health to provide health services to Syrian refugees in Turkey.
Health services for northern SyriaWHO and partners work under extreme conditions to provide health services for northern Syria.
Summaries of WHO’s work in Turkey and northern SyriaRead the monthly updates