action medeor supports health care facilities in Syria
Since the beginning of 2018, action medeor has sent large deliveries of essential medicines and medical supplies to health care facilities in Syria’s Idlib Province. Hospitals in the region are in urgent need of assistance: many health care facilities have been destroyed by the war and hundreds of thousands of IDPs have come to the area and further increase the pressures on the struggling health care system.
Seven years of war and violence
The ongoing violence in Syria has triggered one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time. Meanwhile, 19 million Syrians are in urgent need of humanitarian aid. Since 2011, the average life expectancy in Syria has decreased by 20 years.
Since the beginning of the war, more and more Syrians have fled violence in their country – more than five million people by February 2018. Most of them have sought shelter in the neighbouring countries. Furthermore, more than six million people are internally displaced, which means they were forced to flee their homes and now are displaced within their home country.
Numbers of victims are rising
Over the last seven years, the war has already claimed hundreds of thousands lives. In addition to people who have fallen victim to battles and attacks, the collapse of the medical infrastructure is causing many more victims. Many medical facilities have been destroyed by the war and medicines often are not available. This persistently poor supply situation means that both victims of the armed conflicts and the chronically ill cannot be treated adequately.
Medical aid worth over 3.4 million euros
Since the beginning of the war, action medeor has provided health care centers and hospitals with medicines and medical supplies. In the course of the war, humanitarian logistics in the war zone has become increasingly difficult and only possible in cooperation with local partners.
Since 2012, action medeor has delivered medicines, medical supplies and equipment worth 3.4 million euros to healthcare facilities in Syria. The recipients of these deliveries were hospitals and health centers in Syria, for example in Homs, Idlib and Aleppo. Shipments include large quantities of essential medicines like antibiotics and painkillers as well as medical supplies and equipment like hospital beds.
In an emergency aid project that started in February 2018, three hospitals in Idlib area are supported and supplied with medicines and medical equipment. Furthermore, an MRI scanner will be implemented in the largest of those three hospitals, accompanied by training of local hospital staff – which will be a significant improvement for diagnosis and treatment for patients in Idlib.