Turkey Cross-Border: Health Cluster Bulletin, March 2017

from World Health Organization, Health Cluster
Published on 31 Mar 2017 View Original


  • In March 2017, an agreement was reached to proceed with evacuation of residents of besieged Al-Waer city, with total of 4,150 people evacuated to Jarablus and 1,450 to Idleb during March 2017.

  • In March 2017, increase in measles cases was reported in Idleb.

  • Monitoring of attacks on health care has revealed that 14 health facilities were attacked in March 2017, affecting hospital infrastructure and health care staff.

  • In March 2017, 58,903 children in Idleb and Aleppo have received oral polio vaccine. In addition, a 10-day campaign was conducted in western rural Aleppo, providing Penta-valent vaccine to 15,153 children aged 2-59 months and MR vaccine to 11,579 children 12-59 months.

  • Routine Expanded Programme of Immunization was revitalized in 5 Health Centers in Idleb governorate.

  • Humanitarian Pool Funding (HPF) has supported 34 health facilities (14 hospitals and 20 primary centres) and 2.3 million people. In total, HPF is supporting 17 projects.

  • In March 2017, 174 health care staff, managers and community health workers were trained by Health Cluster partners in various topics.

Situation update

Evacuation from Al-Waer. On 13 March 2017, an agreement was reached between Al-Waer residents committee and the Government of Syria (GoS) to proceed with evacuation of residents of besieged Al-Waer city. Al-Waer has been under siege since 2013 with limited access to humanitarian aid1 , hosting some 50,000 persons, in addition to thousands of IDPs who fled other areas in Homs prior to 2013. The agreement provided that first evacuation will take place within seven days from the signing of the agreement and that evacuation shall continue on a weekly basis during two months.
Evacuees will be transported to Jarablus, Idleb or northern rural Homs. The predicted population movement in and from Al Waer, according to the negotiation committee is as follows: Jarablus 6,000 people, Idleb 6,000 people, northern Homs 3,000 people, GoS-held areas 7,000 people, staying in Al Waer 8,000 people.
During March three convoys were successfully conducted, with total of 4,150 people evacuated to Jarablus and 1,450 to Idleb.