This document provides information for WHO Member States, particularly low-income and middle-income countries, to strengthen preparedness and response plans with regard to the social and mental health consequences of biological and chemical attacks.
Highlights - Since 9 March, nearly 133,000 IDPs have left the besieged enclave of East Ghouta, either through established corridors to the IDP sites in Rural Damascus or through evacuation agreements to Idleb and Aleppo governorates.
137,070 people have been displaced from Afrin district
50,000 beneficiaries to be reached with supplies from the UN/ SARC inter-agency convoy to Tall Refaat
60,000 individuals benefitted from water trucking services and hygiene kits
$73m in additional funding required by the UN and partners in Syria to assist those affected
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The message contained in this publication is clear: countries need a
public health system that can respond to the deliberate release of
chemical and biological agents. Regrettable though this message may
be, the use of poison gas in the war between Iraq and the Islamic
Republic of Iran in the 1980s, the recent anthrax incidents in the United
States, and the attack with sarin nerve agent, six years earlier, on the
Tokyo underground, illustrate why it is necessary to prepare.
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