September 10, 2012—As conflict in Syria reaches critical levels, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has donated a shipment of relief items and medical supplies to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in Damascus.
The donated supplies, which include surgical and first aid kits, complements tons of medical supplies and relief items dispatched by MSF over the past year to field hospitals and clinics in Homs, Idlib, Hama, and Deraa governorates. Additionally, MSF recently established an emergency hospital in northern Syria that is providing lifesaving surgical services. However, the amount of medical assistance provided by MSF today is insufficient, given the level of needs throughout the country.
MSF reiterates its call for authorization to work in more locations inside Syria. The organization stands ready to send its medical and surgical teams to areas most affected by violence, and is determined to operate independently, providing care to anyone in need.
MSF is treating people wounded in Syria at a surgical hospital in Amman, Jordan. The organization is also providing primary health care and psychological support to Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Iraq.