Syria

Information for Patients
Healthcare in Syria is divided between private and public healthcare and is decentralized between village, district and provincial. Due to the ongoing civil war in Syria, the healthcare system is entirely overwhelmed and collapsed, expect for certain government held strongholds within the capital Damascus. Private sector healthcare is concentrated in Damascus but is not necessarily of better quality. Many international aid organisations and charities operate within Syria to provide basic healthcare.


Information for Health Care Professionals
Given the current humanitarian crises, it is not easy for many expats to work within the Syrian health system. Please check with local the Syrian embassy for changes or further details. For those looking to practice as a volunteer medical doctor in many of the parts of Syria undergoing humanitarian crises, it is advised to seek out the relevant criteria within the particular aid organization in which you would like to involve yourself with.  It is worth noting that many healthcare facilities have been attacked despite being a violation under international law.

The language of medical instruction in Syria is Arabic.


Information for Travelers 
Medical tourism does not occur in Syria due to the ongoing conflict. It is recommended to get Hepatitis A and B, thyroid and meningitis vaccines prior to arrival in Syria, in addition to yellow fever. The primary language used within hospitals is Arabic the possible exceptions being those operated in the private sector or by charities, where other languages such as English, French, Spanish and German can be heard. It is worth speaking rudimentary Arabic in order to get some service. 

Link to the Ministry of health website for that country: http://www.moh.gov.sy/Default.aspx?tabid=246&language=en-US  
  

 

References:
https://reliefweb.int/report/syrian-arab-republic/impacts-attacks-healthcare-syria
https://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2018/seven-years-syria/en/
https://www.alnap.org/system/files/content/resource/files/main/RH-report-04-1.pdf
https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/9/9/e029651