The conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic has been reported worldwide, with many citizens fleeing across the border into neighbouring Turkey to escape the suffering. Needless to say, the number of refugees now living there has far exceeded initial projections, stretching healthcare services beyond their limits.
With 219, 227 Syrians registered in 22 camps located in 10 provinces in Turkey, and 580, 230 registered as living outside the camps, the World Health Organisation (WHO) are donating 86 health kits to the Government of Turkey to aid healthcare for the Syrian refugees – the first of which reached Ankara on 25th July 2014.
The shipment included 50 interagency emergency health kits and 6 emergency trauma kits which should help meet the needs of 140, 000 people for primary healthcare for 3 months, and provide for the treatment of 300 emergency cases and 3000 surgeries for serious injuries.
With the Turkish Government expecting the number of Syrians residing in the country to rise to 1.5 million by the end of 2014, it’s just as well the second shipment from WHO, comprising of 30 surgical supply kits, is expected to be delivered this month.
WHO supports the work of the Ministry of Health and coordinates the activities of national and international health partners serving the Syrian population in Turkey.