12.8 MILLION IN NEED OF HEALTH ASSISTANCE
700,000 CHILDREN <5 DEPRIVED OF VACCINE
6.3 MILLION INTERNALLY DISPLACED
4.9 MILLION BESIEGED
(all figures stand for the Whole of Syria)
On 27th January Health Cluster partners convened review of mobile health clinic services in Aleppo,
Hama and Idleb. Partners endorsed a unified methodology to strengthen the delivery of quality essential primary healthcare service according to the Essential Healthcare Service Package.
On 7th January Health Cluster hosted the workshop Syrian Health Sector Initiatives aimed to conduct an in-depth analysis of the current healthcare reality based on the assessment of the approaches, formation to the needs for the next phase, in order to formulate strategic objectives and priorities for building the health system.
Health Cluster invited women working in healthcare to the first Women’s Health Consultation aimed to identify the issues affecting women healthcare workers and ways to address it by the Cluster in order to strengthen women’s participation and to address gender issues.
Monitoring of attacks on health care has revealed that 7 health facilities were attacked in the first month of 2017 affecting mostly hospital infrastructures.
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.
Since 30 December, a nationwide ceasefire continues to hold, despite some breaches. The agreement by Iran, Russia and Turkey in Astana to establish a trilateral mechanism to observe and ensure full compliance with the ceasefire is a welcome development.
On the other hand, Operation Euphrates Shield in Northern Syria is now in its fifth month. The operation is largely focusing on Al-Bab district. 93,291 returnees have moved into sub-districts in Al-Bab, A’zaz and Jarablus since the operation began.
In Ar-Raqqa district, the safety and security of over 400,000 people in need including over 150,000 internally displaced people are a serious concern. Humanitarian partners are providing a response to those displaced to the north towards Tell Abyad. Access to Ar-Raqqa has been highly constrained due to insecurity and ISIL’s restrictions on the delivery of humanitarian assistance, with the last UN inter-agency convoy to Ar-Raqqa taking place in October 2013.