WHO delivers health care to displaced people in north-west Syria

SEMA (Syrian Expatriates Medical Association)

To meet the needs of recently displaced people in north-west Syria, WHO and partners have deployed 8 mobile clinics and 5 surgical units since the beginning of May 2019. Mobile units are often the only source of health care for people who have been cut off from access to regular health services as a result of the ongoing conflict in the area.

On average, each of the mobile clinics provides 1500 to 1800 health consultations per month, and ensures referrals to the closest health facility if further care is needed. The surgical units provide primary surgical interventions and stabilization prior to referrals to the closest hospital.

North-west Syria remains one of the most volatile regions of Syria. It hosts a population of around 4 million, including large numbers of internally displaced people from other parts of the country. In May 2019 alone, as a result of the recent escalation of the conflict in northern Hama and southern Idlib governorates, it is estimated that an additional 330 000 people were displaced. Most moved towards the north of Idlib governorate, close to the Turkish border. There is a pressing need to reach every person with much needed health care.