Shamsah is a 63 year old diabetic, disabled woman who, like many, was forced to leave her home in North Hama and flee with her family to Idlib seeking for a safe refuge from the airstrikes that destroyed her city. She was lucky enough to find a temporary tent but because of her condition and health issues, her family struggle to carry her the long distance to the nearest health facility to receive the essential medication needed to manage her diabetes. Al Ameen want to bring the clinic to Shamsah - and you can help us do so.
Al Ameen has been working in Northern Syria since 2012. We have seen our fair share of horrors, but this situation is quickly developing into one of the worst. The UN’s Head of Humanitarian Affairs has stated it could become ‘the worst humanitarian tragedy of the 21st century’.
Within the last month over 200,000 people have been uprooted from their homes, fleeing to new areas where they live in both camps and makeshift shelters with no access to essential services. These unsanitary conditions are a recipe for disease and death, yet visiting a health clinic is dangerous, and the number of functioning health facilities is rapidly falling as more continue to be bombed. Access constraints due to the bombardment mean that humanitarian organisations are growing less able to provide medical aid, at a time when the need for healthcare has skyrocketed. In many cases, humanitarian workers themselves have been displaced and forced to cease operations.
Access to healthcare is both an urgent need and a basic human right. And the consequences if diseases and illness spread will be dire and tragic.
With your help, we can provide mobile clinics to the most vulnerable people in rural Al Ma’ra. Our clinics will provide consultations to treat common illnesses and help prevent disease outbreaks. Patients with critical illnesses will also be referred and supported to attend secondary healthcare facilities.
Help us keep Shamsah and 5,999 others like her healthy
Community health will be an essential part of this campaign. Community Health Workers engaging vulnerable people en masse can help prevent disease outbreaks that are common in unsanitary, overcrowded environments like the camps and temporary shelters in which people are staying. They will create gatherings and work tent-to-tent to ensure people adopt optimal hygiene practices. They will also work with pregnant and breastfeeding women to ensure they have the appropriate support to care for their infants and children - encompassing everything from feeding practices to baby hygiene and family nutrition. Mother support groups will be formed to provide women with comfort and encouragement and a safe space to focus on their health and wellbeing.
There are approximately 20,000 people living in the camps we look to cover and we anticipate 6,000 people per month will require our services. That’s 6,000 people you can help keep healthy if we can get these clinics running - and many more you’ll help by preventing the spread of diseases.
In addition to visiting vulnerable people residing in the camps, we will also travel directly to people like Shamsah, in temporary shelters, who are unable to travel to hospitals.
With health care facilities still being targeted by airstrikes, it is not just physical ability to travel to hospitals that presents a problem for some, but genuine fear that inhibits everyone. We will be working in the most protected areas possible but there is still huge danger for both patients and medics. Our doctors, nurses, midwives and health workers are committed to risking their lives to help save the lives of the most vulnerable. This isn’t a decision they take lightly - two of our colleagues have been killed by the bombings. But we still want to help save lives. Will you support us to do so?
We will be able to do so much good - if you can help us fund these clinics
What you need to know
Our funding target:
With over 270,000 newly displaced people to support, we are working to provide aid to as many people as we possibly can with your generous support. The situation on the ground is changing day to day and as such, if campaigns do not reach their targets - or should we raise more money than is needed for this emergency appeal - we will use ours and our partners’ expertise to discern how to reallocate funds where they are needed most. In either case, contributors will be informed where this money is being spent and why.
Distribution of funds:
Due to the urgency, CanDo has agreed to release funds directly to partners for the specific emergency on a weekly basis based on assessment of needs.
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