Syrian Arab Republic: Health Sector Update (September 2013)

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As the situation in Syria deteriorates, the adverse impact on the most vulnerable segments of society increases. As of April this year, an estimated 6.8 million people are affected by the crisis and in need of humanitarian assistance. Challenges affecting primary and secondary health care (preventive and curative) are growing.

The crisis in Syria has affected access to essential medical interventions and medical equipment due to insecurity and severe short- ages of medicine and medical supplies, as well as the inability of many health workers to report to duty. Conditions are exacerbated by overall disruptions to the health system. Lack of fuel and electricity cuts have forced many hospitals to operate at reduced capacity, despite an ever-growing number of patients.

The crisis is exacerbating the health vulnerability of Syrians, not only through the impact of direct exposure to violence (resulting in trauma, injury and mental health problems), but also as a result of overcrowded living conditions and the breakdown of water and sanitation systems, ultimately raising the risks of communicable disease outbreaks.

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