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Many of you here will support MSF - a few may have worked for them, but we don't hear from them on doc2doc. They issue regular news letters, and I've just had one, so I'd like to share it with you, in case you didn't get it.
Helping those in need
In just six days, with the help of a group of Syrian doctors, we transformed an empty house into an emergency hospital.
|We have been working in Syria since June 2012 from an emergency hospital transformed from an empty house. © MSF|
The majority of patients have been men, but up to one-in-ten are women, and approximately one-in-five are under the age of 20. According to the medical team, two-thirds of the procedures carried out were emergency surgeries.
In addition to the fact that we are working without authorisation from the Syrian authorities, our activities are under threat by the changing nature of the conflict, difficulties accessing supplies, and the challenges the injured face in reaching the hospital.
Additionally, considering the level of violence in Syria today, we are only able to provide a limited amount of medical support. This assistance is nonetheless essential for the survival of those treated at the hospital.
Brian Moller is an anaesthetic nurse and in July managed the surgical hospital in Syria. "Our work consists of coming to the aid of those who don’t have access to healthcare. The supporters of the regime can access public hospitals, but many of the rebels and their supporters are deprived of this access and assistance."
Despite the difficulties accessing the country, we are distributing drugs and other medical supplies, and are admitting around 50 injured Syrians a month to our reconstructive surgery project in Amman, Jordan. We are also offering psychological support and primary care to Syrian refugees in Lebanon.