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World Health Organization

Global agency seeks US$1bn to support people caught up in humanitarian crises

The World Health Organization (WHO) is appealing for more than US$1bn to meet the health needs of 21 million people caught up in humanitarian emergencies in Syria, Iraq, the Central African Republic and South Sudan.

For Syria, where 12.2 million people need humanitarian health support, the appeal is seeking US$687m for the health sector.

“We are still having huge challenges in reaching the people, particularly in besieged areas,” Elisabeth Hoff, WHO country representative in Syria, said in a news conference in Geneva on 24 February 2015.

WHO has 29 focal points — either doctors or pharmacists — spread across Syria, and also in areas under Islamic State control, and they are reporting the needs in these areas, Hoff said.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2015.20068088

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