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Syria's Medical Community Under Assault

October 2014

Damaged Ambulance in Syria

Latest Fact Sheet as of October 2014

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 241,000 people remain in besieged areas inside Syria.
    • Between July 22 and August 18, 2014, UN assistance only reached two besieged areas: Yarmouk and Moadamiya. Food was delivered to 2.5 percent of the besieged populations (6,060 people), while non-food items reached 1.8 percent (4,520 people) and medicines reached 10.5 percent (15,100 people).
    • This was the first time medical supplies, with the exception of vaccines, were able to reach Moadamiya and Yarmouk since October 2012 and December 2012, respectively.
  • Despite the adoption of UN Resolutions 2139 and 2165 aimed at improving aid and humanitarian access, the protection situation has worsened.
    • The UN Secretary General reported that July and August 2014 were two of the deadliest months since the conflict began, with over 1,000 civilian deaths in each.
  • Health facilities in Deir ez Zor city suffer from a chronic lack of supplies and staff. The public health system is reportedly operating at 5 percent of the required capacity.
  • In July, the United Nations Population Fund estimated that 2.7 million women are in need of reproductive health services in Syria.
  • As of September, three of four water pumping stations in Aleppo city have been shut down, affecting over two million people in both government- and opposition-held neighborhoods.

Previous Versions
Fact Sheet as of July 2014
Fact Sheet as of May 2014
Fact Sheet as of March 2014
Fact Sheet as of January 2014

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