The tragedy of Syrian refugees has gotten into its 6th year. Turkey is trying to overcome multi-faceted problems of Syrian refugees whom she welcomed since 2011. In addition to its enormous efforts on the financial and humanitarian aspects, Turkey is working very hard to thwart the spread of any epidemic illness within her own population.
When Cutaneous leishmaniasis (known as Alleppo Boil) spread among Syrian refugees in Lebanon in September of 2012, its containment efforts were quickly realized by Turkey. This episode indicated how well Turkey can respond to such epidemic.
Leishmaniasis is used to describe a spectrum of diseases caused by the parasitic protozoa Leishmania and transmitted to human-beings by infected female sand flies.
Results of the samples taken from 948 patients in Lebanon, who was not correctly diagnosed with Leishmaniasis, showed 15% with Leishmania tropica and 85% with Leishmania major parasites. 3-month long treatment with Meglumine antimoniate yielded a preliminary success rate of 82% with the patients.
Over a period of 18 weeks, there have been a diagnosis of 1870 infections on 1000 refugees at Yazidi Camp of Şırnak City. 60% of these infections were identified as Upper respiratory infections, 10% as Lower respiratory infections, 9% as Urinary tract infections, 8% as chicken pox, 7% acute watery diarrhea and 2% as pulmonary tuberculosis with unknown reasons of fever.
$29M is required to keep up the health services
UN projected the number of Syrian refugees to increase to 2.5M by 2015 and 300,000 of whom would continue get shelter in the camp. Meanwhile, the contribution from the countries supporting Turkish government is required to reach $29M in order to continue their efforts for Syrian refugees. WHO is demanding a financial aid of around $3.8M to keep up their efforts.
Turkey has long surpassed the numbers projected by UN. According to an official report dated March 16th,2017 based on biometric data of registered Syrian refugees, there are currently 2,963,636 Syrian refugees living in Turkey; out of which 1,584,004 is male and 1,379,632 is female. UN had a predicted number of 300,000 living in the camps. We could confirm that this prediction is more or less right.
As a result of the civil war in their home country, Syrian refugees in Turkey do not want to any more continue their lives in 25 camps formed in 10 different border cities. 2.5 million Syrians with “temporary status” are living within a society they created by themselves while 270,000 Syrians are still in the camps.
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