Supporting Health Care

Since the beginning of the crisis Islamic Relief has been on the ground supporting quality basic healthcare. We have provided millions of pounds’ worth of medicines, dressings, blood bags and other essentials to makeshift hospitals.

Over the last six years, Syria’s health service has suffered enormous damage. Facilities have been destroyed, and medical professionals are in short supply. Most hospitals are out of service or only partly functional. People are dying because of a shortage of quality medical care, and thousands have already died because they cannot access treatment for life-threatening chronic diseases like cancer, epilepsy, asthma, diabetes, hypertension and kidney failure.

Since the beginning of the crisis Islamic Relief has been on the ground supporting quality basic healthcare. We have provided millions of pounds’ worth of medicines, dressings, blood bags and other essentials to makeshift hospitals.

The main goal of our health programme is to support service providers with basic medicines, kit and capacity-building in order that the health services remain free and accessible to those who desperately need them. We have prioritised health facilities includingPrimary Health Care (PHC) centres, hospitals and medical points inside Syria covering areas of Aleppo, Idlib, Hama and Latakia, as well as in neighbouring countries.

 

Capacity-building and life-saving aid

Several projects ensured that health service providers are supported with disposable medical items and equipment, machines that can help millions of patients and training for hundreds of health professionals in emergency medical care, basic trauma surgery and other essential courses.

We have supplied medicationto treat lice, scabies, leishmaniasis and epidemics. We’ve also launched interventions to support breastfeeding mothers and patients with chronic diseases including diabetes and hypertension, as well as providing health facilities with drugs and medicines needed for intensive care units and operation theatres. We focused on people with disabilities and outpatient care by supporting post hospital recovery programmes.

 

Cardiology and dialysis centres

IR established and supported cardiology and dialysis centres to serve more than 50,000 vulnerable Syrians. The establishment of a cardiology centre in Bab Al-Hawa, for example, helped patients with heart failure, coronary artery diseases, and strokes. We have provided equipment, drugs and disposable kit, reaching around 1,800 patients each month (21,600 per year).

The only remaining dialysis centre in Aleppo is being supported over the past three years with medicines, disposable medical items, staff salaries and running costs. We’ve also provided almost 9,000 dialysis sessions for patients with chronic and acute renal failure in the northern part of Syria.

“It became difficult to access dialysis as many centres were destroyed. All that mattered were the dialysis sessions to keep me alive. I was about to die, but thankfully Islamic Relief supported this dialysis centre and now I can get dialysis sessions twice a week. I’m just happy that I can still survive.”

Faten, Idlib

Sixteen-year-old Faten from Idlib said:

“I was forced to leave school when I was 12 as I suffer from kidney failure and I could not continue my studies. I was exhausted and sometimes collapsed. My life completely changed. I couldn’t even play with my friends. All that mattered were the dialysis sessions to keep me alive. I was about to die, but thankfully Islamic Relief supported this dialysis centre and now I can get dialysis sessions twice a week. I’m just happy that I can still survive.”

Health sector major supporters

Emergency response projects

Life-saving aid for Syrians

Life-saving aid for Syrians

The second phase of the project reached more than 430,000 vulnerable people in Syria providing treatment for lice, scabies, leishmaniasis and epidemics.

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Dialysis Centre restoring lives

Dialysis Centre restoring lives

Islamic Relief marks 33 years of providing aid by celebrating its incredible achievements since it was founded in 1984.

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Establishing cardiology centre

Establishing cardiology centre

“Through this initiative, many lives of cardiac patients are saved regularly. We are all very grateful to everyone who participated in establishing this medical centre.

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Globus Relief support helps us reach more than 200,000 patients

Globus Relief support helps us reach more than 200,000 patients

We met Um Osama in one of the supported hospitals by Globus Relief. She told us her story. “It was a horrible night. The military aircraft was above us, we heard voices of explosive barrels and rockets that were falling everywhere around us, I did not know where to go.”

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