WHO establishes team in Jordan to support work related to Syria

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A UNHCR staff member helps a Syrian family to collect financial assistance UNHCR/B.Diab

The World Health Organization (WHO) has established an emergency support team in Jordan to provide technical and operational support to its offices in Syria and the neighbouring countries of Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt and Turkey.

According to the United Nations health agency, six out of 13 public hospitals or 46 per cent in the Syrian governorate of Homs, including the main public hospital, are out of service.

WHO has signed a memorandum of understanding with four additional nongovernmental organizations in Idleb, Homs and Rural Damascus in Syria to further support health care services in these areas for three months.

The Lebanese Ministry of Social Affairs says that 20 000 Lebanese who have returned from the Syrian Arab Republic are in urgent need for shelter and humanitarian assistance.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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