Supporting Health Care

Islamic Relief has provided assistance since the beginning of the crisis, delivering a quality basic health care. IR has 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. Health facilities have been destroyed, and medical professionals are in very short supply. Most hospitals are out of service or only partly functional. People are dying for the lack of good medical care, and thousands of people have already died because they cannot access treatment for life-threatening chronic diseases like cancer, epilepsy, asthma, diabetes, hypertension and kidney failure.

Islamic Relief has provided assistance since the beginning of the crisis, delivering a quality basic health care. IR has provided millions of pounds’ worth of medicines, dressings, blood bags and other essentials to makeshift hospitals.

The main goal of IR’s health program is to support health service providers with basic medicines, disposables, equipment and capacity building in order that the health services remain free and accessible to the vulnerable population. Targeted health facilities were Primary Health Care (PHC) Centres, Hospitals and Medical Points inside Syria covering areas of Aleppo, Idleb, Hama and Lattakia and in neighbouring countries.

Capacity building and life-saving aid

Several projects ensured that health service providers are supported with medical disposables and equipment, machines that was able to help millions of Syrians and trained hundreds of health professionals in emergency medical care, basic trauma surgery and other essential medical care courses.

Medication was provided against lice, scabies, leishmaniosis, and epidemic diseases. Tens of thousands of patients received treatment and access to standardized medication. Interventions participated in improving the health situation of patients with chronic diseases, diabetes and breastfeeding mothers and providing health facilities with drugs and medicines needed for Intensive care units and operation theatres. Health interventions also improved the health situation of patients with disabilities and under recovery by providing health facilities with post hospital recovery and supportive items.

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 in treating patients with cardiology diseases such heart failure, coronary artery diseases, and strokes. IR’s provided equipment, medical drugs and disposables, which reached around 1800 patients per month, resulting in an estimated number of 21,600 beneficiaries per year.

The only remaining Dialysis centre in Aleppo is being supported over the past 3 year with medicines, disposables, staff salaries and running costs (fuel, maintenance, office supplies, etc.) and reached 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 centre as many were destroyed. All what I need is to follow up the dialysis sessions to stay alive.” Faten, Idlib

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Faten, 16-year-old girl from Idlib, did not lose hope becuase of conflict in Syria. She said “I was obliged to leave my school when I was 12 years old as I suffer from kidney failure and I could not follow up my study as I was exhausted and sometimes being collapsed.”

She went through very tough times when she was too close to die. The nearby dialysis centre was in short supply. IR supported the centre with the needed equipment.

“I can receive dialysis sessions twice a week. I hope such support continue as it is the only hope for my life.”, said Faten. “I’ve seen kindness and I can’t forget the people who help us survive.’’

Health sector major supporters

  • The Humanitarian Assistance division of the German Federal Foreign Office (AA)
  • Deutsche Humanitarian Hilfe
  • Globus Relief
  • Islamic Relief USA
  • Islamic Relief UK
  • Islamic Relief Canada
  • Islamic Relief Australia

Health projects