According to a group of more than 50 medical professionals, writing in the medical journal, The Lancet, Syria’s medical system is at a “breaking point” after years of targeted assaults.
According to the letter:
Systematic assaults on medical professionals, facilities, and patients are breaking Syria’s health care system and making it nearly impossible for civilians to receive essential medical services. The targeted attacks on medical facilities and personnel are deliberate and systematic, not an inevitable nor acceptable consequence of armed conflict. Such attacks are an unconscionable betrayal of the principle of medical neutrality.
Read the letter here, and see an overview article at the Huffington Post.
“With hopes for comprehensive peace talks in the immediate future nearly quashed, groups monitoring the ongoing crisis in Syria say more attention needs to be paid to the intractable dilemma of delivering humanitarian aid to the country.
More than nine million people currently require immediate assistance in Syria, the United Nations said recently, many of them suffering from a lack of food, water, and basic medical supplies as winter edges closer.
But aid workers cannot reach them, monitors say, largely because the Syrian government has restricted access…”
Read the full article in The Huffington Post.
From the Huffington Post UK, 30 October 2013, a look at how the deliberate targeting of medical professionals in Syria, the departure of many medical professionals, and destruction of more than half the nation’s medical facilities will affect the ability to rebuild a health infrastructure in Syria.
Can Syria Rebuild Its Devastated Health Infrastructure?
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