Contribution in support of WHO's component of the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan for Syria
The program aims to deliver life-saving and life-sustaining health activities for people residing in UN-declared hard-to-reach areas, locations witnessing or projected to witness increased level of hostilities (particularly north-west and north-east Syria), and newly accessible areas across Syria.
Some key expected results of the Syria programme include:
• 270.000 patients provided with life-saving trauma care
• 15 ambulances and 15 mobile clinics delivered
• 1,500 tons of medical equipment delivered
• 7,500,000 treatment courses provided
• 3,000,000 outpatient consultations provided
• 3,400,000 medical procedures supported
• 13,000 healthcare providers trained
• 90% coverage rate for children under 1 for DPT, measles, polio
• 330,000 mental health consultations supported
With a contribution of EUR 500,000.00 the WHO will be able to provide 25,000 people with essential primary healthcare services, including 2,000 pregnant women and IDPs in North-East Syria.
WHO is a member of the United Nations Country Team and Humanitarian Country Team in Syria and leads the Health sector in Syria, which counts some 50 partners, including 17 local NGOs. Target regions of the entire program are North-west, North-east and South-west Syria.
• Strengthen trauma care/mass casualty management and physical rehabilitation services
• Enhance access to secondary health care and referral services
• Improve access to primary health care services
• Strengthen the expanded programme on immunization across the country
• Reinforce surveillance systems for the early detection, prevention and control of potential epidemic prone diseases and outbreak response in Syria
• Enhance the mental health programme in Syria
• Strengthen health information systems for evidence-based emergency response and resilience
• Reinforce inter- and intra-hub health sector coordination for effective health response
• Enhance the prevention and early detection of malnutrition in children under five and referral for treatment of complicated cases of severe acute malnutrition
• Establish water quality monitoring in areas of returnees and camps hosting internally displaced people (IDP)
More than 13 million people in Syria remain in need of humanitarian health assistance. Two thirds of them currently live in areas under the control of the government, with the remainder in areas controlled by non-state armed groups and other forces. Needs are acute in the north-west, north-east and south-west. Infrastructure in all three regions has been devastated by heavy fighting. Health care services continue to be badly disrupted. According to the latest data from WHO’s Health Resources Availability Monitoring System (HeRAMS), over half of Syria’s public hospitals and health care centres are either closed or functioning only partially.
WHO’s response under the HRP aims to deliver life-saving and life-sustaining health activities. As health sector lead, WHO’s coordination includes joint efforts among all hubs and health actors to ensure continuity of services in cases of change of context, all within the framework for continuity/ transition of assistance and service delivery. In addition to the required monitoring mechanism for each health project at the programmatic level, WHO monitors the response throughout 2019 against a set of strategic and activity indicators utilizing monitoring tools. The resulting monthly and quarterly reports inform the response and present an update of the health situation across Syria in a manner enabling health partners to address existing gaps and mobilize resources effectively.