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Global Health
January 16, 2013

Syria’s Weakened Health System

JAMA. 2013;309(3):223-223. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.174228

The protracted conflict in Syria that has gone on for almost 2 years is eroding the country's health care system, according to a report from the World Health Organization (WHO) (http: //tinyurl.com/cvxccqx).

Many hospitals and health centers in Syria have been damaged or destroyed, and many physicians have fled the country. There is also an acute shortage of ambulances and other transportation services. Because pharmaceutical factories have shut down or cut production, medicines are enormously expensive or unavailable.