Turkey: Health Cluster Bulletin, June 2021 – Turkey

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• A month before members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) agree on the future of UNSCR 2533 (2020), the delivery of UN aid in the north -Western Syria (NWS) risks not reaching, via the border, millions of Syrians in need who are currently living in very serious security and economic conditions. They will lose access to essential humanitarian aid in the event that UNSCR 2533 is not renewed.

• The safety and well-being of humanitarian workers in northwestern Syria has been affected this month, and hostilities in the southern Idlib region escalated seriously this month. A health center in Afrin was severely damaged and more than 13 people were killed, including four aid workers and eleven staff were injured, including a critically ill midwife.

• This unfortunate attack on health care resulted in the suspension of vital essential health services and caused total and partial structural damage to the health facility. The contact details of the health facility were shared as part of the UN-led humanitarian deconfliction / notification mechanism, and it had already been targeted in October 2019.

• The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the NWS, albeit at a slightly slower pace than last month. A total of 25,661 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the NWS. However,

11.82% of confirmed cases were reported in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs), which is a high percentage for overcrowded sites.
More efforts are needed to sensitize the community to apply preventive measures, more screening and increase acceptance of vaccination among the population.

• Along with the COVID-19 response, the vaccination campaign continues in Aleppo and Idleb. The first phase of the campaign began on May 1, 2021, targeting healthcare and humanitarian workers. The total number of cases vaccinated in the first phase is 17,783.

• Funding continues to be a serious challenge for humanitarian assistance in the NWS. In the shadow of the decision to be taken for resolution 2533 (2020) of the United Nations Security Council (UNSCR), donors have been forced to suspend the provision of funds before getting a clear picture on how to get aid to millions of Syrians in the NWS. . An urgent increase in funding is needed because only “39% of the funding, needed to support the response between July and September 2021”, has been received by humanitarian organizations ******.

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