A Decade of Destruction: Attacks on Health Care in Syria

Sider, R. , Buswell, M. , Al Salman, M. , Cameron, K. & Alam, S.
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02 Mar 2021
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Working in conflict setting, Health, humanitarian action, Protection, human rights & security, Protection, Syria crisis

As the world marks 10 years of conflict in Syria, a new report from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and its Syrian partner organizations Independent Doctors Association (IDA), the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), the Syrian Expatriates Medical Association (SEMA), Sustainable International Medical Relief Organization (SIMRO), Syria Relief and Development (SRD) and the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organization (UOSSM) reveals the widespread and devastating impact that a decade of systematic attacks on health facilities has had on Syrian civilians, and the crippling effect the decimation of the country’s healthcare system has had on its ability to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“A Decade of Destruction: Attacks on health care in Syria,” highlights with chilling detail how this 10-year war strategy has turned hospitals from safe havens into no-go zones where Syrian civilians now fear for their lives. 

International Rescue Committee (IRC)