The ongoing conflict in Syria is affecting the access to medical treatment for a growing number of the civilian population.
According to Syrian American Medical Society a large part of the Syrian health sector is destroyed or lack qualified personnel: close to 60% of the public hospitals and 78% of ambulances are damaged. 50% of physicians and 70% of nurses/health workers have fled the areas of conflict.
In early 2012, civil society activists in the affected areas requested technical and financial assistance from NORWAC in order to establish health facilities in areas affected by fighting. With generous support from the Government of Norway, NORWAC is supporting medical facilities, running cost for staff and provision of medication/disposables. Initially NORWAC’s work was concentrated in the Homs region. Today NORWAC, through local partners, is supporting the health sector across northern and central Syria. NORWAC’s partners in Syria are listed at the bottom of the page.