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.

Over 13 million people are in need of humanitarian aid within the country, more than 6.5 million are internally displaced and over 5.5 million people have sought refuge in neighbouring countries, out of which more than 3.5 million are in Turkey.

Under the whole-of-Syria approach, WHO and its health partners

  • support the Turkish Ministry of Health in providing medical services to Syrian refugees in Turkey; and
  • deliver lifesaving medical supplies and services to northern Syria through cross-border operations.