8 ways WHO supports health in Syria

Resuming services after an attack on health in Syria

The Syrian crisis is one of the world’s biggest and most complex humanitarian emergencies. Eight years of conflict have taken a huge toll on a health system that was once among the best in its region.

Ongoing fighting has made it virtually impossible to reach certain areas from inside Syria. In response to this, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution 5 years ago allowing relief delivery across borders into Syria from surrounding countries. Having a cross-border response makes the Syrian crisis unique.

Using 2 border crossings in Turkey, it has been possible to deliver life-saving assistance to millions of Syrians living in northwest Syria. In 2018 alone, WHO/Europe and partners distributed over 500 tonnes of medical supplies and equipment in this region. This work is part of WHO’s broader efforts to support health across the whole of Syria.

Here are 8 key things to know about how WHO works both inside Syria and via its cross-border response to save lives and support health, despite immense challenges.