Syria crisis - Al-Hol Camp, Al-Hasakeh Governorate - Issue 2, 25 February - 14 March 2019

Situation Report
Originally published


67,000 Internally displaced people in Al-Hol camp

10 medical mobile teams, health units and medical points supported by WHO

1300 Health care services and consultations provided on average each day

65 Tons of medical supplies airlifted

558 Patients referred to WHO-supported hospitals in Al-Hasakeh


• The humanitarian situation in Al-Hol camp continues to be worrying. The camp, originally established to hold 10 000 people, is now hosting more than 67 000, most of whom are women and children.

• New arrivals are no longer forced to sleep in the open, since large tents have been erected in the reception area. Nonetheless, the cold weather, lack of water, sanitation and hygiene and the shortages of health care services in this area leave them vulnerable to hypothermia and waterborne and other communicable diseases.

• As of 14 March 2019, 120 deaths were recorded. Children under five years of age accounted for 80% of fatalities.

• Referral services are severely overstretched and nearby hospitals have very limited capacity.

• A total of 146 children with severe acute malnutrition have been referred to the nutrition stabilization centre at the WHO-supported Al-Hikma private hospital in Al-Hasakeh city.

• Urgent health sector requirements include:

  • A 20-50 bed field hospital - Round-the-clock health care clinics and mobile medical teams in different sectors (phases) of the camp as well as in transit sites (Al Sewar and Omar oil field).

  • Financial support to cover the operational costs of Directorate of Health (DOH) teams that are providing vaccination, nutritional screening, disease surveillance and specialized health care services across the camp.

  • Additional support for five mobile teams providing mental health and psychosocial support services.

  • Strengthened trauma care, secondary health care and referral services to support patients in need of specialized care.

  • Regular deliveries of medicines and medical supplies to support the continuity of services of mobile medical teams and clinics.

  • Continuous scale-up of services to accommodate the ever-growing numbers of new arrivals.

  • Sustained and predictable access to the Foreign Annex.

  • Enhanced coordination between the Health, Protection, and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene sectors.