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The number of Syrian people forced to seek shelter abroad since the civil war began in March 2011 has passed the 2 million mark.
The health situation in Syria continues to deteriorate with 60 % of public hospitals in Syria having limited or no capacity, shortages in essential medicines and increased risks of infectious diseases.. There is an acute shortage of transportation for patients with urgent conditions, with 78% of ambulances damaged and 52% out of service.
In areas experiencing high levels of violence, health professionals are often unable to report to work due to dangers faced as a result of the insecurity, resulting in severe shortages of health staff.
There is an increased risk of infectious disease outbreaks due to disruptions in vaccination programmes, overcrowding in public shelters due to high levels of internal displacement, damage to water and sanitation infrastructure, and lack of waste management.
Due to shortages in essential medicines for chronic diseases, an increasing number of patients with hypertension, diabetes, cancer, epilepsy, asthma, and renal failure lack access to treatment and life-saving essential medicines.