Syria crisis: health response from Turkey

Years of conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic have left hundreds of thousands of people injured, ill or dead. Over 13.2 million people are in need of health assistance within the country and more than 6.2 million are internally displaced. Of the over 5.3 million people who have sought refuge in neighbouring countries, 3.6 million are now in Turkey. Under the whole-of-Syria approach, WHO and its health partners provide health services to Syrian refugees in Turkey, and to populations in northern Syria from Turkey.

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Turkish and Syrian health workers stand together to deliver health services for refugees

Before joining the Refugee Health Training Centre in Izmir, Turkey, in 2017 as Chief Doctor, Dr Umit Sezginer had never worked closely with anyone speaking a different language. He had devoted more than 10 years to delivering health care in several hospitals of this coastal city, but he felt he still had much to give to support the Syrian population in Turkey.

Improving access to health services in northern Syria

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Attacks on Syria’s health care personnel and facilities

In 2018, there were more than 142 attacks on health-care personnel and facilities, in which over 102 health workers were killed and 189 were injured.

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