Health

Challenges in Healthcare, Earthquake Impact, and Strained Aid Efforts

Since the civil war began in 2011, Syria has faced numerous challenges in terms of humanitarian and security issues throughout the country. Civilian infrastructure has been increasingly targeted, leading to a significant rise in internal displacement. Moreover, the crisis has resulted in a staggering 20-year decrease in average life expectancy, primarily due to the destruction of medical infrastructure, resulting in limited access to healthcare services in Syria.

On February 6, a powerful earthquake measuring 7.7 magnitude struck southern Turkey. This earthquake marked the strongest seismic activity recorded in the region since 1939 and was accompanied by at least 78 aftershocks, followed by a second earthquake measuring 7.5 magnitude. The earthquake had a severe impact on Syria as well, exacerbating the already dire situation for the 12.3 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in the region. Concurrently, Syrian communities are grappling with a cholera outbreak and severe winter conditions. The provision of humanitarian aid is severely strained.

To address these urgent circumstances, the coordination mechanism is actively working to offer emergency and trauma care, as well as to deliver basic health services in areas where the infrastructure has collapsed. However, medical workers have faced repeated attacks, exacerbating the shortage of trained staff. Furthermore, critical areas such as nutrition, trauma, sexual violence, reproductive health, and mental health are all suffering from a lack of adequate support.

Did you Know?

Did you know that Syria’s average life expectancy has dropped by an alarming 20 years since the onset of the civil war in 2011?