Access to Basic Health Services in Syria (Contribution to ICRC Syria Appeal 2016)
The overall project goal is to contribute to upholding and enhancing health conditions in Syria and to enable wounded and sick people to meet their emergency and basic health care needs.
Civilians are respected and protected in accordance with IHL and have safe access to basic health services.
Approx.3 Mio. wounded and sick people in areas affected by fighting have access to adequate first aid and surgical/medical care.
With the Austrian contribution, the ICRC together with its partner, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent Society (SARC) can assist:
- 370.000 patients in 18 ICRC run health centres and mobile health centres and
- 480.000 patients in 50 hospitals and haemodialysis centres run by the Ministry of Health, private and other actors.
The targeted 8 provinces are Al-Sweida, Dara’a, Damascus, Homs, Tartous, Hama, Idleb and Aleppo.
•Operating 18 health centres and mobile health centres, including medical supplies and equipment, training for staff, as well as financial support for the maintenance of services, including child care, run by the ICRC and SARC, targeting a total of 370.000 patient consultations.
•Support for running costs and provision of supplies for around 50 hospitals and haemodialysis centres, targeting a total of 480.000 patients.
In Syria, the armed conflict between government forces and numerous armed groups continues unabated, with constantly shifting front lines. Reports of breaches of IHL provisions and other norms protecting people during armed conflict are widespread. Violations/abuses allegedly include amongst others: indiscriminate attacks, particularly through the use of explosive weapons in populated areas; attacks against patients and health workers / facilities, sexual violence, and restrictions on civilians’ access to basic services and humanitarian / medical assistance. The parties to the conflict also systematically deny humanitarian access to besieged areas. Violence, poor economic conditions and inadequate public services have rendered the majority of Syrians aid-dependent and forced millions to flee to other countries.