WHO – Humanitarian Health Action
Health priorities in the appeals for the crises in the Syrian Arab Republic and neighbouring countries
The United Nations and its partners have dramatically increased their 2013 humanitarian appeal for the Syrian Arab Republic and neighbouring countries to approximately US$4.4 billion. Health requirements in this appeal amount to US$177 million for the Syrian Arab Republic, representing 12% of the total, and US$242 million for neighbouring countries, representing 19% of the total. The health aspects of the two appeals are restricted to priority life-saving health needs and medicines, and by no means aim to cover all that is needed for comprehensive health care. Within Syria, the health system has been severely disrupted. More than half of the country’s public hospitals have been affected by the conflict, with 20% damaged and 37% no longer functioning at all. Hospitals that continue to operate are heavily overburdened.