Syria’s Medical Emergency Overlooked

June 13, 2012

Syria’s Medical Emergency Overlooked © MSF

Paris, June 13, 2012. Under a recent agreement reached between the United Nations and the Syrian authorities a few chosen humanitarian organizations and agencies (actors already operating in Syria) will be allowed to deploy aid. This agreement however, completely overlooks the urgently required medical needs.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) believes that such an agreement does not adequately provide for a response to current medical emergencies. MSF sees that those agencies operating do not have the vitally needed medical expertise to cater to this growing medical crisis resulting from the ongoing violence in Syria.

The violence in Syria has been going on for more than 16 months and supplying hospitals with medicine and medical material is not an adequate response to the influx of wounded. It is essential to increase treatment capacity. MSF reiterates its call for authorization from the Syrian authorities to work in the regions affected by the violence. The organization stands ready to mobilize its medical and surgical resources quickly in order to treat the wounded.

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