The devastating crisis in Syria, now in its eleventh year, has led to over 500,000 deaths and displaced at least 13.5 million people from their homes, making it the world’s largest displacement crisis. Conflict has decimated the country’s infrastructure and has taken a particularly hard toll on the health sector, with at least half of all hospitals destroyed and as much as 70% of the health workforce displaced from the country. Currently in Syria, there are at least 6.7 million people internally displaced and 11.1 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. About half of all people affected by the crisis are children.
Since MedGlobal’s inception, we have been providing critical humanitarian and health support for displaced and vulnerable Syrians, supporting hospitals and health facilities with much needed equipment, building local health capacity through health training and education, and more.
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MedGlobal’s Response in Syria
The COVID-19 pandemic has completely overwhelmed hospitals and health facilities in Syria, and local doctors describe being forced to turn COVID-19 patients away. In response, MedGlobal worked with Rahma Worldwide and Violet Organization to build two major oxygen generator stations in northwest Syria in 2020 that continue to supply health facilities and COVID-19 treatment centers with critical medical oxygen. MedGlobal has also provided health facilities and isolation centers in the northwest with critical supplies and PPE, as well as supported families in the Atmeh IDP camp with hygiene kits and health services. Additionally, in August 2020 MedGlobal launched “Operation Breath,” a model operation supporting both hospital and at-home solutions for COVID-19 patients in crisis settings like Syria. MedGlobal began to provide critical supplies – such as 200 oxygen concentrators and 100 CPAP and BIPAP machines, or non-invasive ventilators to help people who are suffering from severe COVID-19 symptoms – to cities throughout Syria in partnership with local independent NGOs. These medical supplies are supporting upwards of 48,000 people, primarily those with COVID-19 who are not financially able to access healthcare, in Aleppo, Damascus, Homs, Latakia, Hama, Zabadani, Bludan, and Safita.
MedGlobal also supports several health facilities across northern Syria, including a hospital in Darkoush that serves over 700,000 Syrians in northwest Idlib. MedGlobal is delivering critical medical equipment and working to expand the critical care unit, outpatient clinic, and operating rooms of the hospital. In 2021, MedGlobal also supported health clinics in the Zogra and Kansafra IDP camps. The Zogra camp, which is considered one of the most hard-to-reach camps in northwest Syria, hosts 15,000 people in dire need of humanitarian support and health care. MedGlobal delivered monthly acute and non-communications disease medications to the Zogra clinic pharmacy, which has suffered from a complete lack of medicines and supplies. In the Kansafra IDP camp, where displaced families have limited access to health services, MedGlobal supports 13 health staff that provide free dental care, mental health and psychosocial support services, growth and development checkups, and medications, among other services. To increase health capacity, MedGlobal has trained local health workers on COVID-19 management, pediatrics, ICU, and maternal health care.
“ Our Intensive Care Unit and outpatient clinics are better equipped because of MedGlobal support. The Oxygen generator built with the support of MedGlobal and Latter-day Saints Charities has provided a lifeline to our patients in Darkush and Northwest Syria. It is the first capacity Oxygen generator in the region. It will continue to save lives for years to come.”
– Dr. Ahmad Ghandour, Director of Darkush Rahma Hospital in Idlib Syria