WoS Health Cluster Strategy 2022-2023 HRP – Syrian Arab Republic


Health Sector Chapter – Final CLA approved in December 2022


People in need 12.2 million

People targeted 7.97 million

Women 6.02M

Children 5.4M

Disabled 3.5M

Needs (USD) $582.8

Partners 70

Projects 85

Strategy and intervention priorities over two years

The COVID-19 pandemic and worsening economic situation are further stretching and disrupting the already weak and fragile health system in Syria, thus affecting the availability and quality of health services across the country, as well as the well- physical and mental being of the people. The sector will be able to address and mitigate response challenges, including resource limitations and implementation capacities through local community engagement and partnerships to ensure an inclusive and whole-of-society approach to disaster recovery. health system, intersectoral collaboration, integrated programming and proactive engagement. with humanitarian donors.

For 2022 and 2023, the health sector will focus on the response strategies and priority areas below to provide lifesaving health services to 12.2 million people in need, including those most at risk due to poor physical and/or mental health, as well as limited access to basic health services.

  • Increase access to coordinated, equitable and quality humanitarian health services that save and sustain life at all levels of care – community, primary, secondary and tertiary. This will include trauma and surgical services, reproductive and maternal health, child health – including immunization and nutrition services, mental health, diagnostic services and specialist care for people with disabilities, those with communicable and non-communicable diseases and children suffering from severe acute malnutrition with complications.

  • Strengthen the capacity of the health sector to prepare for, detect and provide a rapid response to epidemics, including COVID-19. Reinforced surveillance is essential to ensure better detection, rapid response and case management. Marginalized populations are prioritized for risk education and vaccination, covering COVID-19 and other vaccine-preventable diseases and where appropriate. COVID-19 vaccine coverage will be scaled up across Syria to reach country-specific targets of 70% by the end of 2022. Partners will increase activities that improve infection control in health facilities and in close collaboration with WASH and other sectors. In response to COVID-19, specific measures will be taken to protect healthcare workers by providing stress and coping resources, and timely logistics to maintain sufficient levels of personal protective equipment (PPE).

  • Ensure continuity of care, better strengthen emergency preparedness and response capacity, and restore damaged and non-functional health facilities with the aim of integrating early recovery into the health response in Syria, remedying addressing health inequalities and ensuring access to marginalized and vulnerable populations, especially those most at risk of being left behind. Further expansion of the essential health service package in all areas of primary and secondary care, initial and in-service training of health workers must be complemented by strengthened supply chain and systems management health information, and strengthened links with communities through outreach efforts such as as community health workers, mobile medical units and ambulance services.


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