Press Release


October 5th, 2022

Amidst mounting concerns within the health sector, northwest Syria faces an escalating risk of a Cholera outbreak. The region’s already fragile healthcare system, strained by years of conflict, attacks on medical facilities, and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, now confronts the stark reality of confirmed Cholera cases, underscoring the urgent need for intervention to protect vulnerable communities.

The outbreak

with the first two confirmed cases reported on September 17, poses an imminent danger to the population. Suspected to be fueled by contaminated water from the Euphrates River, used for drinking and irrigation, as well as inadequate sanitation in displacement camps, the outbreak threatens widespread contamination and transmission.

Hospitalized patients from Marma All Hajar Village exhibited symptoms consistent with Cholera, including acute watery diarrhea, vomiting, fever, and severe dehydration. As of October 4, northwest Syria reported 488 suspected cases, with 114 cases in Nabaa Al Salam (Peace Spring), according to EWARN Syria. Alarmingly, these figures continue to rise.

UOSSM is spearheading preventive measures in northwest Syria to address mild to moderate cases, including:

  • Equipping healthcare centers with infection prevention and control (IPC) resources.
  • Providing Cholera kits to healthcare facilities and establishing oral rehydration points for patients.
  • Conducting community-wide awareness campaigns via trained health workers.
  • Training community health workers to identify and refer suspected cases promptly.
  • Building capacity among healthcare workers to disseminate accurate information and referrals.

Additionally, UOSSM aims to establish Cholera Treatment Units (CTUs) for severe cases, attached to existing health facilities.

Dr. Khaula Sawah, President of UOSSM USA, expressed deep concern over the potential epidemic, emphasizing the urgent need for international support to bolster Syria’s health sector. She urged concerted efforts to mitigate the impact of the outbreak and prevent further suffering among affected communities.

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