Medical aid for Syrians. Prostheses and orthoses for people with disabilities. A center of physiotherapy and psychological support for patients and their relatives to help them recover.
Why do we help in Syria?
More than a decade of conflict, infrastructure degradation and ongoing displacement in Syria has exposed millions of people to physical harm while putting people with disabilities at risk by hampering their access to essential services and support.
After the recent earthquakes that hit Turkey and Syria on February 20, there has been an increase in the number of people with disabilities or limited mobility in northwestern Syria who require prosthetics, orthoses or rehabilitation. Due to the quake's damaged medical infrastructure, the need for orthopedic care has increased and has become a key need in the region.
Children are the most oppressed victims of this dirty war.
Doctor from Syria
How do we help in Syria?
The current project aims to support people with disabilities in improving their living conditions and access to other types of services, such as sports, work, education and improving their mental state. Eligible patients will receive prostheses or orthoses as medically needed. The physiotherapy center has been equipped with modern rehabilitation equipment, there is also an exercise room. The psychological support center provides services to victims and their companions to help them recover, integrate into society and lead everyday life.
From April to December 2018, 302 prostheses were made in Termanin for mutilated women and children, who then underwent a full physical rehabilitation process.
In 2022, we started operations in the region of north-eastern Syria, establishing cooperation with the Kurdish Red Crescent to improve the quality of medical care. So far, we have supplied the Maternity and Children's Hospital in Al-Rakqa with life-saving medical equipment for newborns.
in the physiotherapy center
for patients and their relatives
Turkey 2017, photo: Adam Golec
Who do we help?
The war in Syria raging since 2011 has plunged the country into ruin; 6 million Syrians have left their homeland and hundreds of thousands have lost their lives or health. Among the most frequent operations are amputations of limbs injured during the bombings and untreated due to lack of access to health care.
Hebe had olive eyes that lacked confidence; that is how I remembered them when I first saw her. And a pink and white jumper that she got before the war when Hebe could run to her school and to a baklava shop in Aleppo. February 2017: Hebe is 12 years old and is living in Turkey with her uncle who fled from Syria. She does not run anymore because she had no legs; she had them torn off by a bomb. In Turkey, she was supposed to get prostheses, made of foam rubber, with heavy feet of plaster. She could not even stand on them, she developed a curved spine. Hebe could be my daughter! I thought: Hebe must have legs... Originally, the operation was meant to be in Poland but Hebe did not have a passport or the slightest chance to get one because her parents were stuck in Syria. However, it worked well for her – they signed consent for their daughter’s passport. Hebe would not be allowed to travel on her own or with her uncle. She did not travel with her grandmother either even though she had a passport and got across the border to Turkey because the consul refused to grant her a visa to enter Poland. We wrote letters to the prime minister and the president. We appealed to the media. And a miracle happened! ‘Hello, the government has granted funding for the prostheses for Hebe but we need to have them made in Turkey,' said the consul. January 2018: back in Turkey, under those stairs where Hebe slid on her bottom a year ago. Now she was walking, carefully lifting her legs and looking straight into my eyes. A tall and smiley girl.
Who helps in Syria?
We are one of the few Polish non-governmental organizations that provide medical assistance. We help where the needs are the greatest. Our assistance is long-term – it brings permanent changes in the communities we support.
Polish Medical Mission
Polish Medical Mission
Project is financed by Association's own funds
Physicians Across Continents - Turkey
PAC is a pioneering humanitarian organization in maternal and child nutrition, prosthetics, mental and psychological health, and children's vaccines.
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