Syria

Syria: Bombing & fighting threaten provision of medical care & humanitarian aid, MSF warns

Monday, December 7, 2015
Barcelona/Gaziantep – An upsurge in fighting and bombing over the past week in northern Syria’s Azaz district, near the Turkish border, is jeopardising medical activities in the few hospitals and health posts that are still functioning, says international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), warning that it may be forced to close its own hospital in the Aleppo province. The increased violence has also paralyzed the delivery of humanitarian aid – which was already limited – to more than half a million people in the area.

Attacks on Health Care in Syria — Normalizing Violations of Medical Neutrality?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
In July 2015, a 26-year-old pediatrician described to our team of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) investigators his experiences in Aleppo, Syria's most populous city. When he was a medical student in 2012, government forces detained and severely beat him. He now works as an emergency medicine physician and surgery resident in a hospital that has twice been bombed by the Syrian government. He lives in fear of being killed by bombs on his way to work or while there. His family wants him to leave Syria as they did, but he explained, “It's our country, and if we leave, it will fall apart. At times, I think maybe I will leave and specialize and come back with better skills, but then I see how much the people need me. Maybe that's the biggest thing that's keeping me inside.”

Syria's Lost Generation

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Syrian children risk becoming a “lost generation” if they don’t receive medical care, psychological support, and education, according to representatives of groups grappling with how to protect children displaced by the Syrian civil war.Many still in Syria have little or no access to health care, according to Unni Karunakara, MD, former international president of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Speaking at a panel discussion Monday at Yale University, Karunakara estimated that 70% of health facilities in Syria have been destroyed.

The Syrian Government Is Systematically Targeting Hospitals With Airstrikes

Friday, August 21, 2015
The Syrian government has been attacking hospitals across the war-torn country with alarming regularity. Although such attacks are banned under the Geneva Convention, Fadel Abdul Ghani of the Syrian Network for Human Rights said the attacks on hospitals are a “systematic and widespread strategy” employed by the government.

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