Syria: Treating the wounded, a forgotten priority
Under the terms of the agreement reached last week, a few humanitarian organisations and agencies already operating in
However, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) believes that this agreement does not make adequate provision for a response to the current medical emergency. It is crucial that victims of the conflict – the wounded and others who need emergency care – receive treatment. Moreover, the agreed arrangement fails to address the need to ensure the neutrality of healthcare facilities.
Access to healthcare for all victims of the conflict should be a priority for the parties that are in dialogue with the Syrian authorities. This means respecting the physical integrity of patients, medical staff and healthcare facilities.
Syrian medical teams must be able to work without discrimination or threats of reprisal, and accept support from medical teams who are capable of working impartially.
MSF reiterates its call for the Syrian authorities’ authorisation to work in the regions affected by violence. The organisation stands ready to rapidly mobilise its medical and surgical resources in order to treat the wounded.