WHO delivers life-saving medicines and surgical supplies to Ar-Raqqah governorate

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5 May 2014, Damascus – The World Health Organization (WHO) has supplied crucial medicines and medical equipment, including surgical supplies and dialysis sessions to Ar-Raqqah governorate in north central Syria to support over 117 000 vulnerable people.

Two trucks loaded with 40 metric tonnes of life-saving and noncommunicable disease medicines, as well as urgently needed medical and surgical equipment reached Ar-Raqqah on 4 May 2014 to support the local health authorities and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). “Since the beginning of this year, we have been focusing on reaching more people in hard-to-reach areas across the country,” Elizabeth Hoff, WHO Representative to Syria, said. She added that the population in Ar-Raqqah is in urgent need of health services and WHO is committed to working with all health partners to respond to their need.

In March 2014, WHO supported the governorate with medicines for over 96 800 beneficiaries, including medicines for chronic diseases, as well as multivitamins for vulnerable groups, particularly women and children.

With only two out of the four public hospitals fully functioning, the health services available for the 280 000 population in need in Ar-Raqqah are inadequate.

For the last round of the polio vaccination campaign in April , WHO and UNICEF supported local health authorities in Ar-Raqqah to vaccinate 233 201 children against polio reaching 97.5% of the targeted 239 000 children.

Since the beginning of 2014, WHO has supported the governorate with a total 82 metric tonnes of medicines, medical equipment, including surgical supplies for over 214 000 vulnerable people.
WHO is making every effort to provide medicines, medical equipment including surgical supplies, to people in need across Syria together with local health authorities, Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and NGO partners. Since the January 2014, WHO has supported more than 3.9 million people in government and opposition-controlled areas across Syria, most recently through agency-specified deliveries to Homs, Aleppo and Hama governorates.