Foundation of a maternity and children's healthcare center for displaced syrians

  • R. A
  • T. M
  • A. N
  • et al.
ISSN: 2214-9996
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Background: The United Nations has declared the Syrian crisis the worst humanitarian crisis of the 21st century. More than 50% of Syria's population is currently displaced. As a consequence of the violence, the infrastructure has collapsed, especially affecting healthcare facilitates. Many hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry has been severely damaged, leaving children without vital vaccines, and everyone without necessary medication. The healthcare for displaced Syrians and refugees is getting worse as the conflict continues. Women and children account for up to 75% of Syrian displaced and refugees and are the most vulnerable population groups, especially in the context of lack of access to maternal child health (MCH) services. Methods: In view of the urgent need for women and children's healthcare, a group of Saudi Physicians, in partnership with a group of Syrian physicians, established a non-profit healthcare facility to serve women and children within a safe area in the Al-Rayhaniah region, at Atimah (a small town on the Syrian-Turkish border near Antakya) named the Brotherhood Medical Center (BMC). Although there is a great enthusiasm and strong initial support from the donors, BMC continues to face many financial and operational challenges, including difficulties in transfer money to Syria, shortage of medical supplies markets and lack of qualified medical personnel as many of them were forced to flee outside the country. Findings: Currently, the BMC provides antenatal care, emergency maternal and childcare, normal deliveries and postnatal care for mothers and babies living within a distance of 250 km. Although there were a great enthusiasm and strong initial support from the donors, BMC continues to face many financial and operational difficulties, including transferring money to Syria, shortage of medical supplies, and lack of qualified medical personnel. It is expected that if BMC had the sufficient amount of financial and operative support, it would function as a full secondary care medical center with the capacity to accommodate 100 OB/GYN emergency room visits, 25Normal deliveries, 300 OPD cases, 10 Operative Cases and 25 In patient cases per day. Interpretation: In spite of all challenges BMC and similar project still represent a promising hope for the needy displaced people.

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R., A., T., M., A., N., & L., B. A. (2017). Foundation of a maternity and children’s healthcare center for displaced syrians. Annals of Global Health, 83(1), 12. Retrieved from http://www.embase.com/search/results?subaction=viewrecord&from=export&id=L620061011

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