“The situation in Idlib is dire, people are exhausted, hungry and afraid. The health system has been shattered by the violence and mass displacement and it is already struggling to cope. We’re very concerned that if the coronavirus reaches Idlib this humanitarian catastrophe will only get worse” said Ahmed Mahmoud* Islamic Relief’s Syria Country Director.
Eyewitness reports from Idlib suggest severe humanitarian suffering and desperation. While the ceasefire in hostilities in early March brought a short-term reprieve for the millions of civilians caught in the Idlib conflict, Islamic Relief fears it won’t ease the humanitarian situation for the people on the ground.
“We’re seeing women and children waiting outside in the cold outside hospitals as people struggle to cope. In some places patient numbers have tripled in a month. The system has been brought to the very brink of collapse.” – Ahmed Mahmoud – Islamic Relief’s Syria Country Director Islamic Relief is one of the biggest providers of medical assistance in Idlib, offering support to 80 health facilities, paying the salaries of more than 150 medical staff and operating four Emergency Mobile Health Units, a fleet of trucks that have been converted to surgical operating rooms that are in high demand whenever bombs start to fly.
While Islamic Relief has long tried to provide mental health and psychosocial support, the devastation has forced operations to shift to provision of basic supplies such as food, water and shelter.
Thus far, Islamic Relief, has provided food to more than 220,000 people and tents and blankets, mattresses and plastic sheets to more than 10,000 people. In 2019, we reached more than two million people in the north-west although our teams estimates the needs will be even larger in 2020. We need your help to support the medical emergency in Idlib.Donate Now.