Syria Crisis: Ar-Raqqa response - Donor alert, July 2017

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WHO is urgently appealing for US$20 000 000
to respond to the growing crisis in north-east Syria, where over 200 000 displaced people, including civilians who have been severely wounded in the conflict, have only limited access to health care.

Current situation

Tens of thousands of civilians have fled Ar-Raqqa city in Ar-Raqqa governorate since the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began their offensive to retake control of the city from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). More than 200 000 people have been displaced since April 2017 (more than 87 000 have remained in Ar-Raqqa governorate, almost 37 000 have fled to Aleppo, and around 33 500 have gone to Idleb, with smaller numbers fleeing to Hama, Deir-ez-Zor and Homs governorates). Most of the population is facing critical shortages of food, water, and health care.

The situation in Ar-Raqqa city is particularly worrying. The main hospital and many other health care facilities have closed due to airstrikes. The facilities that are still functioning face critical shortages of medicines, supplies and equipment. Water and electricity are available only intermittently, and civilians are unable to move freely due to travel and security restrictions imposed by ISIL. Between 20 000 and 50 000 civilians are estimated to remain in the city.

People affected

400 000 people in and around Ar-Raqqa governorate in need of health care services

20 000 – 50 000 people besieged in Ar-Raqqa city

200 000 people displaced since 1 April 2017

Funding status

99% funding gap for health cluster and WHO requirements in Ar-Raqqa Response Plan