At the start of the crisis, our medical aid programme concentrated on providing emergency care to casualties with war injuries. As the crisis deepened, Syria Relief recognised the escalating need for providing primary health care to the displaced population, as well as to their host communities, especially in areas were healthcare infrastructure was rapidly degraded and seriously destroyed.
We run five Primary Health Centres, which are, in effect, large GP Surgeries providing medical care for chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory illnesses, as well as treating common acute minor illnesses and offering public health services such as vaccinations and health education. In addition, each Primary Health Centre has a Nutrition Clinic, offering food supplement and advice to those suffering from malnutrition. In total, these Centres treat around 16,000 patients a month, completely free of charge.
We also run a number of mobile clinics that reach remote areas where some displaced communities have settled, offering essential medical care, vaccination, health education and advice.