Syrians have been suffering from violence, murder, and displacement during the ongoing 10-year war. The coronavirus pandemic, in combination with low standard living and large population density in the displacement camps, is a deadly recipe for disaster. Healthcare provision is extremely challenging given Syria’s weak health system.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 45% of all deaths in Syria are related to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), which include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and chronic respiratory disease, among others.
In response, the NCD project was implemented to ensure the supply of medicine and continuity of health services. Syria Relief & Development is continuing partnerships with WHO, 18 partner organizations, and 64 health centers throughout northern Syria. Disease protocols are made by a supervisory team to ensure caregivers and patients are safe.
This project has greatly contributed to alleviating the suffering of groups afflicted with chronic diseases by securing medicine and follow-up treatments. It also contributed to discovering new cases through the implemented protocols.