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Table 1 This table summarizes the main activities of the public sector, private sector, NGOs and international organisations which support undergraduate and postgraduate health HCW education

From: Challenges of providing healthcare worker education and training in protracted conflict: a focus on non-government controlled areas in north west Syria


Main Undergraduate Actors


Main Postgraduate Actors


Public Sector

Free Aleppo University

Courses in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing available

Syrian Board of Medical Specialties

Provides post-graduate training programs to physicians; aim is to support non-physician training in future. Activities impeded by lack of funding, recognition and accreditation.

Idlib University

Private Sector

Various providers e.g. Al-Hayat University of Medical Sciences, North Syria Private University, Al-Shamal Private University

Courses in Medicine, Nursing provided. Poor regulation

No information available

No information available

Non-governmental organisations

Several including: UOSSM, SEMA, SAMS, HIHFAD

Mainly non-physician courses.

Several including: UOSSM, SEMA, SAMS, HIHFAD, Syria Relief, SRD

Mostly short course updates in person or via tele-education. Length varies from 2 to 3 days to longer programs. Includes training the trainers programs.

Different training models including conversion courses and undergraduate courses. Unregulated.

International Organisations




Mainly CPD courses and updates e.g. on infection prevention and control or mhGAP

  1. Abbreviations: UOSSM Union of Syrian Medical Societies, SEMA Syrian Expatriate Medical Association, SAMS Syrian American Medical Society, HIHFAD Hand in Hand for Aid and Development, SRD Syria Relief and Development, mhGAP mental health Gap Action Program