Dialysis Services in South Syria

Berlin, 24. July 2017

Syria is the gravest humanitarian crisis of our recent memories. Since 2011, more than 250,000 Syrians have lost their lives, more than 11 million others have been forced from their homes. Some 30,000 people suffer conflict-related trauma injuries every month, roughly 30 percent of whom develop permanent disabilities. Thus Syrian conflicts have led to a significant shortage of staff, resources and have caused several obstacles and challenges in providing adequate support for people with chronic diseases, such as kidney disease.

57 percent of health facilities and 51 percent of public health centers are either only partially functional or closed, says WHO. People with life-threatening chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, kidney failure are at an increased risk of dying or developing life-threatening complications. An access to life-saving medication and care is restricted, the people with life-threatening , chronic diseases- Diabetics and kidney failure are at continued risk of death. In the south of Syria, there is only 22% function haemodialysis centers, out 22 designated only five are working. But even in this five centers, services are repeatedly disrupted for need of continuous consumables, medication and trained staff.

Johanniter in cooperation with the “Syrian Expatriate Medical Association” will provide life-saving and life-sustaining dialysis treatment to underprivileged and needy patients in south Syria. The intervention will take place in three dysfunctional field hospital dialysis units(HD). The project is financed by UNOCHA until January, 2018. In this time kidney patients will get the treatment and medication they need. Therefore Johanniter will have qualified technical staff, Nephrologist and Nurses, to provide haemodialysis services at affordable, cost-effective and efficient manner to the dialysis dependent patients.

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