This fact sheet illustrates the destruction of medical facilities, loss of medical personnel, and resulting health consequences, since the war began in Syria in 2011.
Latest Facts and Statistics
- Approximately 212,000 people remain in besieged areas, 185,500 of whom are besieged by government forces.
- In December, food was delivered to only 1.2 percent of the besieged population (2,544 people), while non-food items reached 1.2 percent (2,540 people) and medicines 0.6 percent (1,280 people).
- An escalation in armed violence in and around Yarmouk camp has prevented UNRWA from successfully completing a distribution of life-saving humanitarian aid for the 18,000 besieged civilians since December 6, 2014.
- Access to medical supplies and equipment continues to be restricted by insecurity and constraints imposed on humanitarian operations by parties to the conflict.
- On December 11, the WHO delivered medical supplies and medication to opposition-controlled Madaya, however Syrian government officials prohibited the delivery of desperately needed injectable medicines and surgical supplies.
- On January 1, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent delivered polio vaccinations and insulin to besieged, opposition-controlled Douma. Other medication, including injectable medicines and surgical supplies for 17,950 treatments, were denied.
- Physicians working in opposition-controlled areas often cite fuel as their number one need. After the U.S.-led coalition started its bombing campaign in eastern Syria and targeted oil refineries run by the self-declared Islamic State (IS), the price of oil increased significantly, placing further strain on hospitals.
- In January, IS closed the Syrian Arab Red Crescent office in Raqqa, along with offices of several other small local charities, and appropriated its warehouse and equipment.