Syria Crisis: Crucial Medical Aid Helps Refugees

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Syrian refugees in a refugee camp in a Turkish border town in Hatay province. Photo Courtesy of REUTERS/Osman Orsal, www.trust.org

"The complexity of the situation and shortages of critical medicines intensify this humanitarian crisis"
—Karl Erdmann, AmeriCares Emergency Response Manager

As the deadly civil war in Syria rages into its third year, AmeriCares has provided more than $2 million in emergency medical aid, including antibiotics, chronic disease medicines and wound care supplies to help patients in desperate need.

To escape the mounting violence, thousands of people are fleeing the country each day to refugee camps in neighboring Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon. In the last nine months, the number of Syrian refugees has more than tripled: An estimated 1.4 million Syrians have now fled.

Filling an urgent need for medical aid

According to our partners in Jordan, the most urgent health need is providing basic primary care to people living in overcrowded refugee communities where disease spreads quickly.

Mustafa* is one Syrian for whom AmeriCares medicines are making a difference. Mustafa became partially paralyzed when he was shot in theback during the conflict in Syria. While being treated at a clinic in a refugee camp in Ramtha, Jordan,Mustafa suffered from headaches, limb pain and bedsores. After he was provided medicines donated by AmeriCares, including vitamins, pain medication and ointments for his sores, Mustafa’s condition greatly improved.

“Huge waves of people in dire need have overwhelmed local resources and aid organizations,” says Karl Erdmann, emergency response manager at AmeriCares. “The complexity of the situation and shortages of critical medicines intensify this humanitarian crisis.”

To help Syrians affected by the crisis, AmeriCares will continue to support volunteer doctors traveling to the region as well as our partners in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon.

Learn more about our response to the crisis here.

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