Yesterday an Antonov-12 cargo plane has landed at the besieged airport of Damascus, bringing in 7 tons of medicines and 1000 hygiene parcels from German Red Cross for Syrian Arab Red Crescent pediatric centres and polyclinics. Volunteers and workers from the Red Crescent de-loaded the valuable cargo and brought it to a nearby warehouse, from where the desperately awaited medicines will be transported to Aleppo, Hama and Idlib within the next days, as soon as the security situation allows.
Through its clinics SARC is trying to maintain a basic health care service for the most vulnerable in midst of the ongoing turmoil in Syria, where children and women on both sides of the conflict areas are among the most affected victims. The attention to their medical needs has become severely restricted due to the closure of many health facilities and the lack of supplies since the production of drugs and medical goods in the country has come to a virtual standstill in the last months.
The start of the winter season has aggravated their suffering. Fuel for heating is hardly available and hygienic conditions in affected areas are precarious as water and sewerage infrastructure are often damaged and cause contamination. As a consequence respiratory illnesses and diarrheic infections are increasing and affect especially children, who are already suffering from the material and psychological impact of the conflict.
This aid is part of a wider program funded by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and German Red Cross, to support the Syrian Arab Red Crescent in its efforts to deliver neutral and impartial aid to the most vulnerable. The actual support is focused on the enhancement of basic health services which also included among others the provision of three ambulances and five large generators to ensure the functioning of the clinics during the regular power cuts.