Thousands of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Syria have once again been able to access vital medicine thanks to an initiative launched by the Syrian Relief and Development Organisation (SRD).
The Greater Idlib region in Northern Syria has been embroiled in a devastating conflict particularly in the past few months between the Syrian regime and rebels holding onto the last region that is still under their control.
The siege on the Greater Idlib region and the military conflict has been detrimental to the provision of healthcare to local residents as clinics lack funding and the necessary medicine does not make its way to the region. Nevertheless, dedicated individuals and organisations, such as the SRD are providing medical relief to those in need. The SRD has established 11 clinics in the region, each one containing an internist, a midwife, a psychologist, a community health counsellor, a private Leishmania clinic, and a free pharmacy.
“The 11 clinics serve a number of camps. Each clinic provides its medical services to six districts on a weekly basis. Each camp gets one or two days according to what’s needed and the distance from camp to medical centres or hospitals. The number of daily beneficiaries of camps and shelters is 1,000 in northern Syria”, stated Abidah Dandoush, an employee working with the SRD.
The most common diseases here are diarrhea, intestinal inflammation, and poisoning. The most required medicines for these cases are medicines of poisoning, intestinal medicine, Flagyl, Bactrim, stomach medicines, and antibiotics. In addition, Leishmaniasis is a particular concern for health organisations working in IDP camps in Syria. It is known to be a prevalent disease in low-income countries without sufficient sanitisation and it is more likely to spread at a time of war and in IDP camps were lack of sanitisation and close contact between people cause a proliferation of the disease.
Medical clinics have been targeted by the Syrian regime on a number of occasions in the Greater Idlib region causing significant harm to local communities and increasing the reliance of local aid agencies to provide healthcare.