Too often, victims of war die, not because they’re riddled with bullets or because victims of airstrikes, but because they already suffer from treatable, manageable illnesses, but the war they find themselves engulfed in prevents them from accessing the vital healthcare they need - either because they’re displaced from their homes or the centres who provide treatment are targeted.
This is the case in Northwest Syria, where Shafak support 8 dialysis centres for treating patients with renal failure, accounting for 40% of the 20 available centres in the area. These centres are doing lifesaving work, but the centres have more potential patients in need than they’re currently able to deliver treatment to.
We have the skill, we have the staff, the centre and we know how to treat the need. We need the tools.
We’re crowdfunding for a new machine to provide treatment for two years to six patients who urgently need dialysis. These six all have their own stories, families, dreams. Their lives are on the line and we don’t believe their treatment should be compromised because they live in a war zone. They have the same right to life as all of us. If you agree, can you chip in and support our campaign?
60 year old Abu Mohammad, fled his village during the feverish military campaign and airstrikes of the Syrian regime forces. Whilst fleeing he was trying hard to provide food and shelter for his family, on top of trying to find treatment for his illness. Patients who need dialysis can die in less than a week without the treatment they need. Through asking the community members, Abu Mohammad heard of the specialised centre in the city that provides dialysis sessions, which is supported and recently extended by Shafak Organization.
“I was extremely worried while I was on my way to the kidney centre, because I knew that if I was not provided with the treatment, I would not live for more than one week”.
Many renal failure patients die because of the limited medical support in this area. Shafak is committed to supporting the centre, ensuring it has the proper equipment and medicines it needs to provide quality care and dignity for people like Abu Mohammad. Through this campaign we aspire to reach our target and be able to purchase the dialysis machine for the Atareb dialysis centre.
We at Shafak are exceptionally well placed to deliver this project. We have been providing medical services to displaced Syrians in northern parts of Syria for years, treating over 32,000 people in just a few years. We are currently supporting 8 dialysis centres, accounting for 40% of the 20 available centres in North West Syria so we are well established in both the field and the area. Our staff have been working on projects in the region for around six years including in areas considered hard or restricted to access through maintaining good relationships with local councils and communities. We attempt to recruit staff from the same community as patients and are keen to build good communication with key individuals and civilian local entities.
Our work in this area to date has contributed to this, enabling us to build a positive reputation among local communities and facilitating the movement and integration of our field teams in the area. If you can help us raise the crucial funds to buy this additional machine, we can ensure that the people in need in this community, who are too often neglected, forgotten or invisible, will gain the treatment and quality of life they deserve.
Our challenge is an ambitious one, but the importance of the support we are providing can’t be overstated. It’s the difference between life and death. Can you help us show people like Abu Mohammad that they are not forgotten?
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What you need to know
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