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Turkey Hub Health Cluster Bulletin - July 2020

Situation Report
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  • The UN Security Council adopted a one year renewal of the UN Turkey Cross-Border humanitarian aid using only Bab al-Hawa crossing: “decides to renew the decisions in paragraphs 2 and 3 of Security Council resolution 2165 (2014), for a period of twelve months, that is, until 10 July 2021, excluding the border crossings of Al-Ramtha, Al 1 Yarubiyah and Bab al-Salam” .

  • In North West Syria (NWS), first COVID-19 positive case was reported on July 9, while the onset of symptoms was on 4th July. The first case was announced after the PCR lab result was confirmed positive for a doctor in Bab al-Hawa Hospital. By end of July, 31 cases reported positive.

  • Among the COVID-19 cases, 14 (45%) were healthcare workers, this included physicians, nurses and a dental technician.

  • According to HNAP Priority Needs and Access to Services report as of June 2020 showed, that the nationwide highest reported infrastructure need was for electricity networks - a need most frequently reported in north-west Syria (36 %). The second highest reported need was for healthcare infrastructure (hospitals and health facilities), which was most prevalent in the north-east (28%) and least prevalent in north-west Syria (14%).

  • The economic situation is still challenging NWS with an increase in poverty from 2017, when overall poverty was estimated at 80-85% to 2 extreme poverty at 50-60% compared to 2020.