Our teams and partners in northwestern Syria have been working hard to treat people since the disaster struck. Many of our staff have been impacted themselves, whether directly or indirectly, by the earthquakes. Some have lost their houses or their loved ones too. Sadly, two of our colleagues died, says Executive Director Joseph Belliveau.
Within the first hours of the first earthquake, MSF teams in northwestern Syria treated over 200 patients in Idlib. In the first days we supported care for 3,465 injured in health facilities in Aleppo and Idlib governorates and provided emergency medical items to over 23 facilities in northern Idlib.
As of Feb. 9, MSF has supported 30 health facilities, donating emergency kits, medical supplies and blankets, sent medical staff, including surgeons, to hospitals dealing with influx of wounded, treated injured patients and increased capacity in four health facilities in Idlib governate, supported 90 ambulances to help transfer patients, set up mobile medical clinics in three reception centres in Idlib and nearby.