WHO and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) reach eastern Aleppo and Mouadamiya in Rural Damascus
Crossing the buffer zone between government and oppostion-controlled territory, urgently needed surgical and medical supplies are delivered to besieged eastern Aleppo by WHO and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC). The humanitarian situation in the area is acute and there has been a shortage of basic medical supplies since the onset of the conflict in Syria in 2011. This life-saving delivery took place following a ceasfire agreement between the government and the opposition.
In a first delivery at the end of July, 15 metric tonnes of surgical supplies, including antibiotics, sterile gauze, syringes and catheters, as well as chronic disease medicines were delivered to eastern Aleppo city and to Mouadamiya in Rural Damascus. WHO is working with all partners and health authorities to develop a plan for regular delivery to these hard-to-reach areas.
Syrian Ministry of Health/Aleppo
The ruins of Ibn Khaldoun psychiatric hospital in Aleppo reflect the heavy toll the conflict has taken on the country’s health facilities. Three of Aleppo’s public hospitals are completely out of service, five are partially damaged and only three remain intact. Ibn Khaldoun was one of only three psychiatric facilities in the country, and its destruction forced all the patients to be relocated.
In addition to surgical supplies and consumables, hospitals in Aleppo and Rural Damascus are desperately short of antibiotics, dialysis sessions, medicines for diarrhoea, psychiatric illnesses and chronic diseases such as diabetes. Rural Damascus has only one functioning hospital per 567 200 patients.
SARC volunteers use carts to deliver desperately needed medical supplies across the Boustan al-Qasser crossing. Approximately 241 000 civilians are trapped in besieged areas in Rural Damascus and Eastern and Northern Aleppo. In Mouadamiya, at least 24 000 people are in acute need of health and food assistance, while civilians in Eastern Aleppo city, who do not have the means to leave, are subjected to daily shelling, air strikes and barrel bombs attacks.