Apr 18, 2018
Syria's health care system is in crisis
The Syrian civil war has taken a devastating toll on the country's health care system.
The big picture: More than half of its public hospitals are closed or operating at a diminished capacity, and 75% of Syrian health care workers have fled the country, per a Wall Street Journal video filmed on the ground in Raqqa.
- "No doctors, no hospitals, no nothing. No water, no electricity, nothing. It's the wilderness, like living in the forest," says one father who traveled over two hours to seek treatment for his son.
- The people who have died from a lack of health care aren't included in official death tallies, and those effects could last for years after the fighting ends (if it ever does).
Go deeper: Watch the video.