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Since 2011, Syria has been in a situation of civil war which has left more than 400,000 dead and more than 5 million refugees according to UN figures.
One in three children in Syria has only known war. In the face of the incessant bombardment, the destruction of houses, hospitals and other infrastructure, the total lack of resources and the drastic increase in the price of food, thousands of Syrians have been forced into exile.
It is estimated that 26% of hospitals are no longer functioning and 33% very partially. However, 13,5 million os Syrians are in need of medical care. Only half of Syrian children are today vaccinated, hence the reappearance and spread of contagious diseases that had been eradicated from the country: polio, leishmaniasis, measles, typhoid and even cholera. And, due to lack of care and medication, people with chronic diseases – diabetes, hypertension, cancer – are not treated.
Eastern Ghouta is a region east of the city of Damascus, the economic capital of Syria. Agricultural plain with 400,000 inhabitants, it has been under rebel domination since 2013 and constitutes a strategic point for the forces opposed to the al-Assad regime. In February 2018, two extremely violent offensives are launched in the region a few days apart: there are 320 dead, including 60 children, and 13 health centers affected by the bombing and rendered non-functional as well as the decommissioning of one of the most important hospitals in the region, Arbin hospital.
The situation of civilians stranded on the plain is disastrous: infrastructure is destroyed, regular shortages of food and medicine cause price inflation.Thousands of people are in need of emergency medical care and local NGOs lack supplies and medicine.
To meet these needs, Elisecare is preparing to send a mobile clinic to Ghouta. The objective is to provide primary care (injuries, wounds, infections, etc.) as well as mental health care to populations who have experienced the violence and trauma of a war that has been going on for seven years now.