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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