Protecting Medical Staff in Syria

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Following almost 10 years of civil war and displacement of the population, Syria’s healthcare system has been decimated. According to the World Health Organization, only 50% of hospitals across Syria are fully functioning, 25% are partially functioning due to a shortage of staff, equipment, medicines or damage to hospital buildings, while the remaining 25% are not functioning at all.

Health workers have directly suffered the effects of the war, both personally and professionally, and have often been targets themselves. By 2013, 70% of the workforce had left the country.

COVID-19 has added even more pressure to the healthcare system, affecting the health outcomes of the residents of Syria as well as the remaining healthcare professionals who are treating them. Inadequate distribution of personal protective equipment and shortages of supplies has led to high death counts of healthcare workers.

We are pleased to announce our partnership with the UOSSM Canada to immediately provide vital hygiene supplies and protective equipment to medical and non-medical staff working in medical facilities in Northwest Syria.

The Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM) was established in 2012 in Paris in response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria. Today it is a coalition of humanitarian, non-governmental, and medical organizations from Turkey, France, the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and is the UN’s major partner in Syria.

As part of CMF’s Stop the Gaps Campaign, CMF will be partnering with UOSSM Canada on the COVID-19 Emergency Response Project to protect medical personnel and non-medical staff working in close contact with COVD-19 patients at Corona Treatment-Community Centres (CCTCs). In northwest Syria where the project is based, UOSSM currently operates 14 Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs), 7 hospitals, 22 specialized health and mental health centres, 8 mobile clinics, as well as 13 Corona Community Treatment Centres.

Through this project, staff will be provided with supplies such as disposable gowns, aprons and masks, Personal Protective Equipment (Class B) face shields, protective goggles, surgical bonnets, gloves (surgical and examination), shoe covers, and basic items like hand sanitizer and soap.

To help cover the cost of these necessary items to protect medical and non-medical staff working in CCTC’s in Northwest Syria, please consider donating to our Stop the Gaps campaign.

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Helping prevent the spread of illness and disease in Syria

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There are 6.2 million people, including 2.5 million children, displaced within Syria, many with no other options but to live in refugee camps.

The risk and impact of COVID-19 at these camps is high as the camps are crowded and medical services are sparse. The impact of the shortages in hygiene supplies for the families in these camps can lead to a catastrophic situation not only for the families in the camps but also for nearby populations given the continuous movement of internally displaced people. We are pleased to announce our partnership with GlobalMedic, whose mandate is to save lives by providing short-term, rapid response in the wake of disasters and crises, both at home and abroad.

Through CMF’s Stop the Gaps Program, our project with GlobalMedic will support the needs of families living in camps in northwest Syria by providing them with Family Emergency Kits (FEKs) which have been developed as a holistic solution to serve multiple needs faced by families in crisis.

To help prevent the spread of illness and disease, the FEKs include hygiene items such as bars of soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste and oral rehydration sachets. Reusable masks that are vital in preventing the spread of COVID-19 are also included in the FEK kits.

Solar lights will also be provided in the kit. Solar lights provide families with a lightweight rechargeable product that extends access to light when energy sources are unreliable. Solar lights also provide added security in the camps where a lack of light at night may be a security concern, especially for women and girls.

Arguably the most significant item included in the kits is a water purification solution, typically a water purification unit (filter). These water purification solutions provide a family with access to clean and safe water for up to one year.

If you wish to help us cover the cost of getting vital items like these to families in need, please consider donating to our Stop the Gaps campaign.

The virus anywhere can affect us all everywhere. Working together we can stop the spread.

DONATE To Help Stop The Spread of Infectious Diseases!