Published on Dec 19, 2014
According to the World Health Organization one million people have been wounded during Syria’s civil war and diseases are spreading as regular supplies of medicine fail to reach patients. A plunge in vaccination rates from 90 percent before the war to 52 percent this year and contaminated water have added to the woes, allowing typhoid and hepatitis to advance. Assad’s government — which demands to sign off on aid convoys — is still blocking surgical supplies, such as bandages and syringes, from entering rebel-held areas. Syrian officials could not be reached for comment on Thursday or Friday.