Since the outbreak of the conflict in 2011, there has been around 175 attacks on medical facilities and at least 700 medical workers killed.
Life expectancy for the average Syrian has declined from 75.9 years in 2010 to 55.7 years in 2014. This has placed Syria among the worst countries in the world in terms of healthcare.
Of the 113 public hospitals assessed, 45% were fully functioning, 34% were partially functioning, and 21% were non-functioning. In Aleppo, 11 functioning hospitals serve 300,000 residents.
The major contributing factors to the dilapidated health care system in Syria are:
- Constantly increasing numbers of internally displaced persons
- Increased difficulty in delivering much-needed medical supplies
- Shortage of qualified medical providers
- Lack of essential medical resources and vaccines
- Practically no access to the injured in besieged areas
- Severe fuel shortage for ambulances and operating field hospital generators
- On average a medical worker was killed every other day in 2014 according to Physicians for Human Rights report of February 2015.
With the support of our donors, Sunrise-USA has helped establish a total of 22 trauma care facilities in Syria, a clinic in Istanbul as well as a polyclinic in the border city of Rihanli, and a full-time clinic in the Tayba camp inside Syria.
We have also coordinated containers being shipped to Aleppo, Idlib, Hama, Damascus, and Deraa. During the chemical attack on Ghouta, we provided local medical centers with necessary medications and medical supplies. In Aleppo, we provided immunizations to 1,000 children against leishmaniasis.