The Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan is home to thousands of Syrians who have fled the civil war in their homeland. Direct Relief is working to reach these people in Syria and Jordan, as well as Turkey and Lebanon.
As new headlines surface about enduring turmoil and devastation in Syria, Direct Relief remains committed to supporting healthcare workers on the frontline of this crisis.
Direct Relief is working with Syrian Relief and Development, a group of doctors and nurses that have been working in Western Aleppo and Idlib Province. Idlib was the site of a devastating gas attack in April, and the appalling incident attests to the horrors of war and offers a grisly reminder to the world of the unceasing humanitarian crisis in Syria.
Just hours after the deadly Sarin strike in Idlib Province on April 4, Direct Relief received an email from Dr. Ahmad Rami Moqdom, logistics manager for the Syrian American Medical Society. The message detailed the heartbreaking attack his group and others had just endured.
Direct Relief has provided Syrian Relief and Development with field medic packs, which contain an assortment of portable medicines.
Many local hospitals and clinics have been bombed and destroyed, forcing doctors and nurses to treat patients wherever they can. Emergency medical tents have also been sent by Direct Relief, and the tents allow a temporary space for triage care to take place.
Nearly 5 million people have fled Syria since the beginning of the country’s civil war nearly six years ago, a conflict the United Nations has called the largest humanitarian crisis of our time. Another 9 million are internally displaced, meaning they’ve remained in the country but have had to flee their homes.
Within Syria, healthcare access is nearly impossible for people who have been displaced from their homes.
Direct Relief has worked to secure a large donation of critical antibiotics that will help fortify healthcare