Whole of Syria Health Cluster Bulletin, October 2018


Reporting period: 01.10.2018 to 31.10.2018

11.3 MILLION in need of health assistance (2018 HRP)
6.1 MILLION internally displaced
2.9 MILLION with disabilities
1.16 MILLION in HTR locations
4.3 MILLION women of reproductive age


Health supply chain is irregular in many underserved areas of the country.

Assessments and their findings are essential for decision-making: the findings should be properly shared with the authorities and other key stakeholders.

The areas of NES lack for sustainable interventions to secure safe drinking water and improve the sanitation system.

OBRA concluded that the transmission of cVDPV2 in Syria has been interrupted based on its review and findings.

All key IDP camps and settlements have been covered by partners. Coordination is in place to enhance reported challenges in service provision in Mabrouka camp.

Health response in NES is rolled out - high vulnerability to communicable diseases.
Operational scale is for southern Syria.


The security situation across the country remains volatile and unstable, while the main hot spots remain As-Sweida, Deir Ezzor, Hama, Aleppo and Idlib governorates. In northwest Syria, the military situation remains volatile and unpredictable with focus on the Demilitarized Zone agreement. The western part of Aleppo city remains the most active frontline and increased hostilities were reported. Insecurity continues to be reported with incidents of VBIEDs and IEDs in multiple locations in Idleb resulting in civilian causalities as well as an increase of kidnapping incidents among medical personnel and humanitarian workers.