1.5 million people may need assistance in Syria

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Syrians fleeing fighting

The United Nations is planning to provide relief assistance to at least 1.5 million Syrians affected by the ongoing violence and political crisis.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) however says the actual number of those affected remains unknown as humanitarian agencies still have no access to Homs and other affected cities in Syria.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says with its presence in Syria limited, it will be relying on the services of volunteer medical students to assess the immediate needs of the health sector in Homs and three other worst affected areas.

Tarik Jasarevic says the recruitment of medical students has been agreed upon by the Ministry of Health.

"These students will be recruited and financed by WHO and together with volunteers from the Red Crescent will go to facilities in those areas with a questionnaire to try and asses the needs. They will be paid to go to four areas in Syria, Homs, Dara’a, Der Ezzour and Rural Damascus . WHO will require a total of 4 million US Dollars for the next three months to scale up management of injuries; trauma care and medical evacuation, support health care services in affected areas, provide up-to-date information on the health status and disease trends in affected populations and to strengthen the disease early warning and response system."

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