International expert team to boost support to WHO offices in Syria and region

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Injured and displaced Syrian refugee in a local hospital in north Lebanon

The World Health Organization (WHO) has established a team to provide technical and operational support to its offices in Syria and five other countries in the region.

The Emergency Support Team will comprise international experts in public health, epidemiology, information management and logistic support.

WHO says it will strengthen the critical areas of coordination, information and technical expertise as well as core services.

WHO spokesperson Tarik Jasarevic reports that the agency recently participated in a joint UN mission to the Syrian city of Homs where six of the 13 hospitals are out of service

"Al-Birr hospital that is operated by a charity is fully functional and delivering free health care to vulnerable populations. WHO is providing support for trauma management, life-saving medicines including non-communicable diseases, and supporting the provision of hemodialysis sessions. Due to the increased number of patients, hospital resources are rapidly being depleted and this is something we heard in all the health facilities visited." (21 secs)

The Emergency Support Team will be based in Jordan.

It will support WHO offices in Syria as well as in Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt and Turkey.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration: 1’12″

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