Emergency Response for Covid-19 in Deir Ez-Zor Governorate

Amid growing local and international concerns about an imminent COVID-19 outbreak in the North-Eastern Syria (NES), as well as fears of a possible second peak of the virus as predicted by World Health Organization (WHO), the Syria Recovery Trust Fund launched a health intervention in Deir Ez-Zor Governorate, among a series of efforts in the NES, where health systems are fragile and barely equipped to deal with casual morbidities, much less a surge in COVID-19 cases. The new intervention:"Emergency Response for Covid-19 in Deir Ez-Zor Governorate" aims at strengthening the capacities of health systems in three communities in Deir Ez-Zor governorate in cooperation with a non-governmental organization with a focus on four priorities/ pillars, which are:  community isolation, laboratory screening procedures,  monitoring cases and the treatment of confirmed cases through the following planned activities:

  • Establish a central, fully equipped and surveilled polymerase chain reaction (PCR) laboratory under the supervision of well-trained staff.
  • Establish a case management hospital for sever COVID-19 cases based on WHO guidelines. The hospital will include a specialized 20-bed, fully equipped intensive care unit (ICU) for COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms. The equipment includes oxygen, ventilators, monitors and essential laboratory services led by specialized trained ICU physician and nurses in accordance with the protocol- available for 8hrs shifts 24/7. Additionally, the hospital will include a 30-bed medical ward, and a 10-bed recovery area/unit.
  • Establish two, 50-bed capacity community-based isolation centers for mild and moderate proved COVID19 cases distributed as follows: 15 beds for the case control department, 30 beds for the community isolation department- to follow up on suspected cases, and 5 beds for the injury treatment department.
  • Provide personal protective equipment for the medical staff, drugs and medical consumables needed.
  • Provide and install community isolation tents to follow-up on suspected cases in 15 health facilities and one hospital.
  • Carry out training courses for medical staff on case management and infection control in all hospitals in addition to training on sample testing, surveillance, and the (PCR) testing process.


At a total budget of EUR 1,864 million, the intervention is expected to impact around 2,800 people directly of which 1600 can be admitted for hospital care.  And around 25,000 of the residents will benefit indirectly as a result of the improved health services and response efforts in targeted areas. Additionally, some 241 medical staff will have access to (Personal Protection Equipment) PPE.


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