Unlawful airstrikes impact Al Ferdous Maternity and Child Care Hospital

On February 17, 2020 at about 12 pm, SRD’s Al Ferdous Maternity and Child Care Hospital in Daret Ezzeh, a city in the northern countryside of Aleppo, was hit by unlawful airstrikes. The building was impacted, leaving extensive damage to the facility and one worker badly injured. All medical activities have been suspended due to an insecure environment. Staff and patients have been evacuated in order to escape the violence, leaving 200,000 people in need of medical care.

This hospital provided newborn babies, women, children and men with access to needed urgent health care services. In addition to maternity and child health care, the hospital provided kidney dialysis services. The hospital provided a monthly average of:

  • 4,300 outpatient consultations 
  • 713 hospital admissions
  • 375 deliveries including cesarean sections 
  • 584 hemodialysis sessions
  • 155 surgeries

Last year, SRD’s Pulse of Life medical hospital was also targeted and completely destroyed in Idleb.

“We at SRD are greatly disheartened by the attacks on Syrian hospitals and civilians. An unimaginable number of civilians are affected by the lack of lifesaving medical treatment caused by these unlawful and senseless acts,” said SRD Regional Director, Amany Qaddour. “SRD continues our ongoing commitment to offering help to civilians and providing protection of our doctors and staff. Health facilities should never be targeted.”

The situation in Northwest Syria is forcing millions to flee their homes leaving them in dire situations. SRD is providing primary health care services, chronic disease surveillance, psychological support, medicine, shelter, clean water, and nutritional baskets. Our 12 mobile health clinics have provided care to over 25 camps. Over 48,500 beneficiaries, including 31,000 children, have been reached.

We are responding to Syrians’ desperate calls for help and hope, and we continue to deliver lifesaving emergency relief. We need your support now more than ever.

Join us today in our message. Hospitals, medical workers, and patients should not be targeted in war. Patients have the right to be safe in hospitals.

SRD is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing humanitarian aid to Syrians affected by violence, hunger, poverty, injury and displacement. The volatile situation in Syria has created a dire need for food, shelter and medical care. SRD is working to address these needs through our established programs within Syria and in surrounding regions. As of January, we have delivered over $90.64 million in aid services to over 11 million Syrians in need.