Each unit can provide first aid and emergency care for up to 1000 people per month. WHO/Europe made the announcement during an awards ceremony held near its field office in Gaziantep, Turkey, attended by representatives of Turkey’s Ministry of Health. The event honoured the achievements of health partners, as well as the support of the Turkish Government, in providing medical care to the people of northern Syria in 2016.
The mobile clinics will support the operations of WHO’s health partners in northern Syria. “Given the fact that many of northern Syria’s health facilities have been destroyed and so many people have been displaced, these mobile clinics are the only way to bring health services to Syrians in need,” said Dr Nedret Emiroglu, Director of Health Emergencies and Communicable Diseases at WHO/Europe, who attended the event.
Each mobile primary health care unit is equipped with essential medical equipment and technology, along with essential medicines. The mobile clinics were provided with the support of European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Operations (ECHO) and the Government of Norway.