Syrian doctor Jamal describes working with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in a converted school that now serves as an outpatient clinic. As the conflict in Syria wears on and people are forced to live in increasingly difficult conditions. Without adequate access to health care, health problems like diabetes, hypertension, and mental health conditions have increased exponentially.
Surgeon Steve Rubin from the U.S. describes his work in one of the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) hospitals in northern Syria. Before the war began, Syrians had access to good quality health care. Now that the country's health system has collapsed, MSF is one of very few remaining actors offering health care for chronic conditions and obstetrics in addition to care for war casualties.
Please click on CC button for English subtitles. A Greek woman narrates the story of Nasrin, a 23-year-old refugee from Syria. Nasrin told MSF her story earlier this year when she arrived at the island of Lesvos after a harrowing journey from her war-torn homeland into an uncertain future.
Salwah, 18 years old, was shot by a sniper in Aleppo, and now she cannot walk. After seeking treatment in several hospitals in Syria, she became a refugee in Turkey where she is now receiving assistance. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing her with mental health care. Photographs by Anna Surinyach.
The high number of Syrians registering as refugees at the Domeez camp, near the city of Dohuk in the Kurdish region of Iraq, has overstretched the camp's capacity. Domeez camp was established in April 2012 and was initially designed to host 1,000 families. The population in the camp has now risen above 35,000 people, however. Despite the efforts of the local authorities, the level of assistance is clearly insufficient, and aid workers are struggling to keep up with the needs of all the residents. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is providing thousands of medical consultations every day, has supplied families with water and hygiene kits, and is planning a measles vaccination campaign.
After two years of conflict, people in Syria are living through a catastrophic humanitarian crisis. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been able to open three hospitals in the north of the country. Medical teams provide emergency and surgical care, as well as primary health care consultations and maternal care. MSF teams have performed more than 1,300 surgical operations and provided 16,000 consultations inside Syria.
Meet some of the more than 120,000 Syrian refugees living in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon while their country is at war. Families are living in camps, unfinished houses, and abandoned buildings; most are not getting adequate aid.
The conflict in Syria has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their country for neighboring Lebanon. According to a Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) study conducted in May 2012, over half of the refugees are living in unsanitary conditions with no access to desperately needed medical care. MSF teams working in Tripoli and the Bekaa Valley are providing refugees with free health care and distributing supplies, but the medical facilities are often overwhelmed. MSF continues to ramp up its activities in the country.
The February 2013 Month In Focus features brief reports on the following Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) activities: aid imbalances in Syria; assistance for Syrian refugees in Lebanon; tending to victims of the conflict in Mali; measles epidemic in northeastern regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo; battling sleeping sickness in South Sudan; and improving access to healthcare in Afghanistan.
The majority of international humanitarian aid is being implemented from the capital city of Damascus and distributed to areas under government control. Aid remains minimal for some seven million Syrians living in opposition-held regions, where conditions continue to worsen. During a donor conference held in late January, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) spoke out about the imbalanced distribution of international aid provided to Syria. MSF teams are providing care for patients in neglected areas and training Syrians to give first aid near the front line.