We’re saving lives every day
Our teams cover 90% of the country, working hard under dangerous conditions. We’re delivering essential supplies, emergency care, medical training, ambulances and new hospitals. With your help, we could prevent many more deaths.
The situation in Syria
The conflict has shattered Syria’s health system just when the need is greatest. Around 15,000 health workers have been killed or forced to flee, and over half of Syria’s hospitals are damaged or destroyed. People suffer horrific injuries as a result of shelling, gunfire, barrel bombs, chemical weapons,incendiary attacks and more. There has also been an increase in a range of diseases due to unsanitary living conditions plus the re-emergence of polio, and we’re seeing severe malnutrition and, in winter, hypothermia.
We’re opening new hospitals
We’re helping to rebuild Syria’s medical infrastructure. In the past 2 years, we’ve opened 6 hospitals: a women’s and children’s hospital; a further children’s hospital; a large general hospital with 7 specialist clinics in Idlib; 2 hospitals in Damascus; and 1 in Deir Alzour We have more projects in the pipeline to provide stable access to high-quality healthcare.
We’re supplying over 100 other hospitals
Our extensive network of aid workers delivers essential medical supplies, including drugs, dressings and equipment, to more than 100 hospitals, field hospitals and medical points across Syria. For the areas most difficult to reach, these have to be smuggled in on the backs of motorbikes and in cars.
We’re supplying ambulances
Often, survivability depends on how soon a person can get access to medical care. By November 2013 we’d taken 32 ambulances into Syria, and we’re still fundraising for more. Since you can’t just drive a convoy of vehicles into cities under attack, we have to be creative about how we get them in.
We’re employing & training medical staff
Syria has excellent doctors but, like everyone else, without a regular income it’s hard for them to survive in Syria. Those who doremain require specialist skills they haven’t needed before. We employ local doctors and nurses, to guarantee continuity of service, andtrain them in dealing with conflict-related injuries as well as diseases and conditions associated with malnutrition, displacement and exposure.
We provide emergency treatment
Our medical lead, a surgeon, spends 95% of his timedoing field work. His skills are often required during emergencies; when a hospital becomes suddenly overwhelmed, we must get there quickly and lend a hand. We often have to handle mass-casualty situations, so we also direct local staff in order to save as many lives as possible.
The risks we face
Syria is a war zone and our teams there risk their lives every day. Some of those who have helped us get life-saving medicine and equipment into Syria have been caught and killed. That others continue to help is a testament to their extraordinary courage. We never forget those who have lost their own lives in this way, especially our colleague Dr Isa Abdur Rahman.
Find out more about…
- The Syrian healthcare crisis
- Our hospitals programme
- Our work in training doctors in Syria
- Our plans for a rapid response service.