World Health Organization: Syria Crisis - East Ghouta Update Issue 8, 27 March 2018


50,000+ People hosted in 8 collective shelters in Rural Damascus

1865 WHO-supported consultations provided on 26 March

648 Patients referred to hospitals from 11-26 March

289 Children vaccinated on 26 March

13 Nutrition surveillance sites operational


  • The number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) hosted in shelters has decreased by 35% (from 75,417 IDPs since the opening of the shelters to 48,926 IDPs on 26 March).

  • There is a significant decrease in the number of IDPs in Adra School (by 67%), Adra Electricity Complex (by 65%), Nashabieyh (by 50%) and Dweir (by 49%).

  • Usually, women, children and elderly get picked up by their relatives to join them in Damascus or Rural Damascus. Men are also free to leave the shelters after security clearance procedures are completed.

  • The number of IDPs in Akram Abu Nasser shelter has increased by 40%. Now hosting (1,023 persons).

  • Currently, the largest two shelters in terms of number of IDPs are Harjaleh (17,457 persons) and Dweir (9,583 persons). Both are over capacity.

  • Acute diarrhea, upper respiratory infections, and lice are still the most reported communicable diseases among IDPs. Lab results showed a positive TB diagnosis for two patients detected in Najha on 26 March.

  • One child with severe acute respiratory infection was reported by the medical team in Dweir shelterand is in need of hospitalization. The medical teams reports that security has not yet allowed the child to leave the shelter.