Emergency Response

SRD Aleppo crisis responseSRD is dedicated to bringing aide to those affected by the world’s most pressing humanitarian crisis today.

In December 2016, fighting between conflict parties escalated in Aleppo and caused a major fleeing of Syrians to surrounding areas, rendering them as internally-displaced persons (IDPs). SRD staff in Northern Syria responded to the crisis escalation by providing the following:

12 Ambulance Cars

to transport the wounded and disabled to regional health facilities

Maternity & Childhood Hospital

to provide pediatric services and labor/delivery care

8 Primary Health Care Clinics

to treat the sick and injured

3 Mobile Clinics

to provide first-aid and basic health services

23,000 Meals for IDPs

through an emergency kitchen in collaboration with Onsur Association

1,000 Heaters & Fuel

for IDPs

4 Reproductive Health Clinics & Psychosocial Support Mobile Clinics
26,800 Milk Kits

for IDP children in Idleb and Aleppo, in collaboration with Barada Association

SRD is continuing to assist IDPs who fled Aleppo for safety as well as other IDPs in Northern Syria, providing them with a variety of services.

Khan Shaykun

On April 4, 2017, 89 people—one third of whom were children—were killed in a chemical attack in Khan Shaykun, a town in Idleb, Syria. Hundreds were wounded and hospitals became overcrowded with the injured who were suffering from respiratory problems, unconsciousness, foamy oral secretions, vomiting, cardiac issues, muscle spasms and other neurological issues.  

SRD’s local healthcare facilities received 178 patients with injuries ranging from less severe to life-threatening, with women and children comprising the majority of patients received. The majority of patients were suffering from rapid respiratory collapse as a consequence of inhaling chemical gas. SRD staff set up a pre-treatment tent to clean patients who had been exposed to the gas to prevent contamination at the health facilities.  

SRD medical staff provided patients with the care and medications necessary for treating the effects of chemical gas exposure. 

Eastern Ghouta

400,000 people are besieged in Eastern Ghouta where the humanitarian situation is dire with the impending winter season approaching. Only a small percentage of aid has been allowed to reach Eastern Ghouta’s population. According to UNICEF, nearly 12% of children in the area are suffering from acute malnutrition and the majority of households can only afford one meal per day, often consisting of boiled corn, cabbage, cauliflower or, in some cases, grass or waste. 

SRD is providing winter care kits—filled with warm clothing, food and heating fuel—to families in Eastern Ghouta.