Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Medical Assistance Reaches Syrians in Need

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Medical Assistance Reaches Syrians in Need

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The World Health Organization and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) crossed enemy lines to deliver surgical and medical assistance to besieged areas of eastern Aleppo city and around the town of Mouadamiya, thanks to a ceasefire agreement with the Syrian government and the opposition in July.

Five tonnes of medical equipment were delivered to Mouadamiya to support a population of 24 000 people on 28 July. In addition, antibiotics, multivitamins for children and two months' supply of medicines for chronic diseases were delivered to a health centre in Mouadamiya.

Two days later, 10 tonnes of surgical supplies--including more antibiotics, sterile gauze, syringes and catheters--as well as medicines for chronic diseases for 22 000 people were delivered to four hospitals in eastern Aleppo city.

"These unprecedented deliveries will bring much needed surgical supplies and medical treatments to vulnerable populations in two of the most hard-to-reach and deprived areas in the Syrian Arab Republic," said Elizabeth Hoff, WHO Representative in the country. …

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