Syria

Physician and Nursing Leaders Condemn Syrian Attacks on Health Personnel

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
The leaders of the world’s physicians and nursing associations have condemned the continuing violence against health workers in Syria and other nations.In a joint statement, the World Medical Association and the International Council of Nurses said that the persistent and targeted attacks on doctors, nurses, emergency medical personnel and other health workers in Syria have reached unprecedented levels that should alarm the world.

Press Release: 43 Attacks Marks July as the Worst Month for Attacks on Healthcare in Syria

Friday, August 5, 2016
July has been the worst month for attacks on healthcare since the beginning of the conflict, says the Syrian American Medical Society. There were 43 attacks on healthcare facilities in Syria in July—more than one attack every day. In 2015, this number of attacks occurred over six months, with 47 attacks between January and May, according to Physicians for Human Rights.

Madaya: Portrait of a Syrian Town Under Siege

Friday, July 1, 2016
The Syrian government has besieged Madaya, a small town controlled by opposition forces an hour’s drive from Damascus, trapping residents inside without access to supplies, food, or services outside the town since July 2015, in violation of international humanitarian law. With inadequate food stores and medical care, 40,000 residents have suffered from starvation and malnutrition, and succumbed to disease, traumatic injury, and other life-threatening conditions.

The Shadow Doctors

Sunday, June 26, 2016
In the past five years, the Syrian government has assassinated, bombed, and tortured to death almost 700 medical personnel. Thousands of physicians once worked in Aleppo, formerly Syria’s most populous city, but the assault has resulted in an exodus of 95% of them. Despite the onslaught, doctors and international N.G.O.s have forged an elaborate network of underground hospitals throughout Syria.

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