Syria: MSF increases medical activities
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is increasing its medical activities to help victims of the conflict in
Treating the wounded in
Over the past four months, MSF has been able to open four hospitals in northern
Since the end of June 2012, our teams have treated more than 2,500 patients and carried out around 550 surgical procedures. Many of these were for violence-related injuries including gunshot wounds, shrapnel wounds, open fractures and injuries due to explosions. Patients have included women and children, as well as combatants from several opposition groups and from government forces. As the conflict has evolved, the hospitals’ activities have fluctuated according to people’s ability to access health facilities.
Fighting has also led to people in conflict zones being displaced from their homes. In one of the Syrian areas where MSF works, the population has significantly increased in just a few months and has now reached 30,000. Many of the displaced families are sheltering in schools and public buildings. On one site, MSF is providing clean water and further relief activities are being evaluated.
In response to the increasing medical needs in
Jordan: treating victims of violence from Syria
MSF is also treating victims of violence from
Over the past four months, some 45 per cent of new patients admitted to the surgical hospital have been Syrians. Between June 2011 and September 2012, 289 Syrian patients were admitted, half of whom underwent surgery. Psychological counselling and free accommodation are also provided for patients undergoing treatment. Meanwhile, MSF medical liaison officers have been visiting
Medical aid for refugees in countries bordering
As the crisis in
Most Syrian refugees entering
In Turkey, MSF has been supporting, in collaboration with the local NGO Helsinki Citizens' Assembly, a clinic and a psychological project in the city of Kilis.
MSF remains committed to assisting all victims of the conflict and will continue to expand its activities in