Syrian Arab Republic, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq Situation Report Issue 8, 2 January 2013
The Syrian Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan has been revised for the first 6 months of 2013 and was launched in Geneva on 19 December. The plan includes a total of 16 health projects from 6 UN agencies amounting to US$ 81 905 133.
There is an increased demand for medicines, medical supplies and the provision of free medical services in Damascus, Syrian Arab Republic, due to the deteriorating socioeconomic situation and reduction in the number of operational health facilities. Al-Thanaa haemodialysis centre has reported that the number of free haemodialysis sessions have decreased from 3 per week to 2 per week due to a shortage in machines, medical equipment and supplies.
A total of 38 Syrian refugees have been referred to Lebanon's national tuberculosis programme for treatment and further clinical management, including two multidrug-resistant cases.
Three confirmed cases of hepatitis A were reported Jordan's Al Zaatari camp. Despite an increase in cases of watery diarrhoea in Jordan's Al Zaatari camp during November, the number of cases decreased and stabilized in December.
The Ministry of Health in Iraq opened a new primary health centre in Al-Qaim on 19 December 2012. Support from UN agencies and other partners to effectively manage to the centre will be needed.