Four years of armed conflict have destroyed numerous health care facilities across Syria and either killed or caused a large number of health care workers to leave the country. As a result, Syria is in a health care crisis. The 7.6 million IDPs and the 12.2 million people in the country who are in need of humanitarian assistance struggle to obtain access to basic health care services. Addressing the urgent needs sustained by injuries amid armed conflict aside, many children and adults are being attacked by a host of health issues arising from a lack of basic health check-ups.
How We Help
To address the need for basic and advanced health care in Syria, SRD instituted a Health Care Network in Syria that consists of Regional Hospitals, Primary and Reproductive Health Polyclinics, Pediatric Primary Health and Psychosocial Support Centers and Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Clinics.
At the highest and most advanced level of SRD’s health care network stand our regional hospitals in Aleppo and Idleb. These hospitals provide a variety of advanced health care services in internal medicine, pediatrics, general, orthopedic and vascular surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, urology, ENT (ear, nose and throat), psychiatric care and other vital components of critical care. The hospitals also contain radiology departments with access to perform x-rays, CT scans and Doppler Ultrasound procedures. The hospitals together treat thousands of patients each month and have performed numerous life-saving surgeries.
Read here about our Aleppo Hospital, which was built brick-by-brick by the local community, destroyed during a barrel bomb attack and then resumed by our resilient staff.
Standing in the location of a previously destroyed Ministry of Health building, Aleppo Hospital provides services in internal medicine, pediatrics, general, orthopedic and vascular surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, urology, ENT (ear, nose and throat), psychiatric care and other vital components of critical care within the Aleppo region. The hospital serves the northern region of Syria—approximately 500,000 residents, including 160,000 children. The hospital staff consists of physicians, nurses and other medical personnel with a range of specialties. The hospital conducts—on average—more than 250 surgeries and outpatient care for more than 3,000 patients each month. On Monday, April 21, 2014, Aleppo Hospital was destroyed by two barrel bombs during an attack on the city. While there were no hospital casualties, people standing in the hospital’s immediate vicinity did sustain major injuries. Our doctors and medical professionals are continuing to treat patients from a new location just outside of Aleppo. Their resilience is strong in the face of this adversity.
Daraa Hospital provides services in internal medicine, pediatrics, general, orthopedic and vascular surgery, obstetrics/gynecology, urology, ENT (ear, nose and throat), psychiatric care and other vital components of critical care within the Daraa region. The hospital serves approximately 400,000 residents, including 150,000 children, in the Daraa governorate. The hospital enables residents of Damascus and its suburbs to seek treatment locally rather than traveling to Jordan or Lebanon to obtain quality care. Through the commitment of dedicated physicians, nurses, and other medical personnel of SRD, the care provided to these patients improves and saves lives.
This specialized hospital serves the northern region of Idleb where access to proper medical treatment beyond basic first-aid care is virtually non-existent. There is currently no other hospital located in the region. The hospital allows residents of outer-lying regions—such as Damascus—to seek treatment here rather than in Jordan or Lebanon. The hospital provides emergency orthopedic services for men, women and children. The patients here will have suffered catastrophic orthopedic (musculo-skeletal) injuries of the limbs, thorax, pelvis and abdomen. In addition, the hospital includes a blood bank to address the emergency shortage of blood for patients requiring transfusions and a Radiology Department to perform x-rays, CT scans and Doppler Ultrasound procedures, which are all essential before and/or after emergency orthopedic procedures. The number of patients seeking treatment has been rapidly rising at this facility. In the first quarter of 2014, an average of 1,426 patients were treated each month with the number of patients more than doubling between January and March. The hospital frequently treats patients for fractures, infections and tonsillitis.
Primary and Reproductive Health Polyclinics
SRD’s polyclinics in Aleppo and Idleb offer primary health care services to men, women and children, complementing the more advanced care provided by our regional hospitals with preventive and follow-up care for acute and chronic conditions. Reproductive health care for women is one of the polyclinics’ most critical components, providing labor and delivery, prenatal, natal and postnatal care in addition to family planning services.
Pediatric Primary Health and Psychosocial Support Centers
The centers in Daraa provide outpatient pediatric primary health care services, medicine, diagnostic testing, child protection and advocacy education and psychosocial support for children. Children participate in activities that encourage self-expression and dialogue in a safe environment, a critical component to helping vulnerable children cope with the traumas of war.
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Clinic
The Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Clinic in Idleb provide physical therapy and rehabilitation services for Syrians who need such services as a result of either conflict-related injury or from chronic conditions. The clinics provide services in rehabilitation, prosthetic limb fitting, assistance with mobility, gaining functionality following injury or disability, dialysis and extensive treatment for burns and wounds.
Medical Aid for Field Hospitals
SRD’s Medical Aid for Field Hospitals program administers essential medical supplies to field hospitals in areas of need within Syria. The medical provisions include general surgery and orthopedic supplies which are in great need as injuries sustained during the conflict often require advanced medical care to treat broken limbs and injuries of the abdomen, thorax and pelvic regions.
Refugee Health and Trauma Center (Amman, Jordan)
Located in Amman, Jordan, SRD’s Refugee Health and Trauma Center provides advanced medical care for improverished Syrian refugees. The center’s physicians, nurses and other medical professionals provide free services in primary and outpatient care, pediatrics, orthopedics, labor and delivery, urology, cardiology, diagnostic testing and much more.
Dental Clinic (Amman, Jordan)
Launched in June 2013, SRD’s Dental Clinic in Amman, Jordan provides Syrian refugees (men, women and children) with a variety of dental services, including oral exams, dental cleanings and x-rays.
Your donations will help provide first-aid, urgent and comprehensive medical care for sick and injured people inside Syria.