US$29 million needed for health sector response to Syrian refugees in Turkey

The United Nations projects that the number of Syrian refugees living in Turkey will rise in 2015 to 2.5 million, 300 000 of whom will live in camps. The health response by partners supporting the Turkish Government in providing protection and support to refugees requires approximately US$29 million this year. WHO is requesting US$3.8 million of this amount.

As of October 2014, Turkey hosted an estimated 1.6 million Syrian refugees, with nearly 221 000 residing in camps and 1.4 million within communities. The Turkish Government manages the overall protection and assistance response in the country, with additional support coordinated by the Office of the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations Development Programme under the Regional Refugee & Resilience Plan 2015–2016. The lead agencies for the health sector response are WHO and UNHCR.

The health response plans for 2015 include:

  • strengthened coordination of essential health response and streamlining of decision-making in partnership with the authorities and other actors;
  • continuation and strengthening of essential health-care services for Syrian refugees, including medication for chronic diseases;
  • strengthening communicable disease surveillance, detection and response, including immunization;
  • strengthening health promotion and protection interventions, including for reproductive health, nutrition and sexual and gender-based violence; and
  • supporting access to mental health and specialized psychosocial services.