In northeast Syria, MSF is responding to the outbreak in partnership with local health authorities, including providing support to a 40-bed cholera treatment centre in Raqqa, with a recently increased capacity of 65 beds. Within the first two weeks, almost 600 patients were admitted, of which a third were severely ill and another third were treated as outpatients.
In northwest Syria, our teams have been responding to the outbreak since September, by conducting community-based health promotion activities as well as preparatory trainings of relevant healthcare workers. We are currently supporting a Cholera Treatment Unit and setting up two others to isolate and treat patients in Idlib and Aleppo governorates. In addition, we operate and support five Oral Rehydration Points points to provide the first level of treatment to patients. We have distributed preventive hygiene kits (water jerrycans, soap and chlorine tablets) to more than 20,000 families in displacement camps, where we also test water and support clean water points in the community. In Tal Abyad and Ras Al-Ain, we support a local organization to engage the community and distribute hygiene kits to families.