Syria crisis: health response from Turkey

WHO/Laura Sheahen

A Turkish doctor, left, works with Syrian doctors trained by WHO. They are treating a Syrian refugee baby, right.

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 populations in northern Syria. Together they:

  • deliver lifesaving medical supplies to northern Syria through cross-border operations;
  • train Syrian doctors in trauma management and in diagnosing and treating infectious and non-communicable diseases;
  • vaccinate Syrian children, more than a million as of January 2017.