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Humanitarian access to North West Syria: dynamics following the earthquake

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The devastating earthquake in Syria and Turkey is currently estimated to have cost around 41,000 lives and injured many tens of thousands more. These figures are almost certainly underestimates. Information on the human toll of the quake especially inside Syria remains scarce. While the relief effort on both sides of the Syria-Turkey border has been hampered by extensive damage to essential infrastructure, by poor weather conditions and institutional factors, there are specific and long-standing constraints to humanitarian access in North West Syria linked to the conflict there.  

The purpose of this online event is to shed light on these constraints, highlight the effects that these have had (and are likely to have) on the public health response in North West Syria, and examine the actions needed to better support both the near-term response to the earthquake, and longer-term recovery and rehabilitation. The event will draw together a panel providing inter-disciplinary perspectives on political, legal, and public health dimensions of the response.  


Panel members

  • Natasha Hall, Senior Fellow, Middle East Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies 

  • Munzer Alkhalil, orthopaedic surgeon and former General Manager, Idlib Health Directorate 

  • Dima Marrawi, Senior Advocacy and Communications Officer, SAMS 

  • Mohammad Alabbas, Head of Programs, Hand in Hand for Aid and Development (HiHFAD) 


Sharif Ismail, Clinical Research Fellow, LSHTM and Health in Humanitarian Crises Centre member 


Free and open to all. No registration required. A recording of this session will be available after the event on this page.