In order to achieve a positive impact in society by educating young people, promoting awareness of the dangers of drugs, encouraging healthy life and avoiding substance abuse, and promoting positive values and community cooperation to combat this problem, the Kurdish Red Crescent implements the anti-drug initiative titled “Yes for Life” in partnership with the Lamasat Al Khair Association for Relief and Development in the city of Raqqa, where the initiative targets five neighborhoods in the city of Raqqa “Al-Bedu, Diriyah, Al-Mukhtalatah, Al-Furat, Rumaila” through concentrated sessions targeting the youth, with an average of twenty young men and women from each neighborhood.
Due to the lack of healthcare centers in #Aleppo in the #Sheikh_Maqsoud and #Ashrafiyah areas, along with the significant increase in drug prices, which affected the resident’s ability to obtain necessary medications, our medical teams witnessed the medical and emergency capabilitie’s weakness in the neighborhood during the #earthquake that hit Turkey and neighboring countries.
Therefore, we opened a medical center in Aleppo consisting of a pediatric clinic, a gynecology clinic, and a pharmacy that distributes medications to beneficiaries according to the doctor’s prescription. In addition, the emergency room is staffed around the clock to receive emergency cases. The center receives 25 beneficiaries per day for each clinic from the residents of the Sheikh Maqsoud and Ashrafiyah areas and the surrounding areas.
Usually, targeting densely populated areas leads to numerous casualties and serious injuries among civilians. After the indiscriminate shelling of vital facilities and civilian areas in northern and eastern Syria by the Turkish state on May 4, 2023, which lasted for several days, it left many dead and wounded, including 14-year-old Farah. She was displaced from her village of Al-Ghabish in the countryside of Tel Tamr with her parents during the occupation of the city of Serekaniye due to indiscriminate shelling in that area.
The bombing continued to haunt her as she helped her mother pick cotton in the village of Al-Bashiriyah in the countryside of Al-Dirbasiyah, where she lost her legs due to a shell that fell on them on May 5, 2023.
Farah was treated by the emergency and ambulance team of the Kurdish Red Crescent in Al-Dirbasiyah and was transferred to a hospital in Hasakah. A medical team consisting of an orthopedic surgeon, a physiotherapist, and a psychological support team from the Kurdish Red Crescent was assigned to take care of her treatment, support, and rehabilitation until she receives lower limb prosthetics in the hope that joy will return to little Farah’s heart.
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. It is not just a disease, but a threat to women’s lives and health. Therefore, understanding the disease and raising awareness of its symptoms and ways to prevent it is essential for every woman and for society in general. Breast cancer is characterized by growing in the glandular cells of the breast and may spread to other parts of the body rapidly if early diagnosis and prompt treatment are not provided.
From this standpoint, and to pay more attention to women’s health, the Women’s Committee of the Kurdish Red Crescent always conducts extensive awareness campaigns about the disease during the pink month of October, for awareness and early detection of breast cancer, so that the title of this year it is “Early checkup… Step by thousand” where the campaign includes awareness sessions for women, the distribution of brochures and the suspension of awareness Felix for the Mammogram Center of the Kurdish Red Crescent.
We, at the Kurdish Red Crescent, consider healthcare and providing medical services as our main goal. Ibrahim Khudair Al-Hamoud, a fifty-year-old displaced person from the city of Serekaniye/Ras al-Ain, lives in the Serekaniye “Al-Talaeen” camp in eastern Al-Hasakah. He suffers from diabetes, which has affected his right foot. He receives care from the Kurdish Red Crescent point, where the medical team visits him regularly to receive care in the emergency department, including cleaning and sterilizing the affected foot, providing diabetes medication anti-biotics from the point’s pharmacy, after examinations and dietary instructions from the internal clinic, Mr. Ibrahim resumes walking on his feet, heading towards his tent, as if he is saying to the disease, “I will overcome you” .
The only medical center in Sardam camp, affiliated with the Kurdish Red Crescent, provides medical services around the clock to more than 3,700 displaced individuals in the camp. It receives approximately 2,000 beneficiaries monthly in the internal, pediatric, gynecological, emergency, pharmacy, leishmaniasis, protection, and psychosocial departments.
It is worth mentioning that the staff at the medical point intensify training related to the medical services provided, especially as winter approaches, as the number of patients increases due to the harsh conditions they are living in, leading to several seasonal diseases.
The services of the KRC continue in remote areas of Tabqa.
Access to remote and rural areas, especially those that have faced many crises, including a lack of medical services due to their distance from city centers, is one of the biggest challenges in providing healthcare.
Since 2016, the Kurdish Red Crescent has been providing services to these areas as part of its priorities and goals. Hundreds of remote villages have been targeted and provided with primary healthcare services, as well as services for women and children, through mobile clinics equipped with ambulances and medical teams. This is done through ongoing programs, and one of the targeted areas is the rural area of Tabqa. The mobile clinic team, currently supported by Medicos International Switzerland, visits several villages that are approximately 65 km away from the city center, continuing to provide the care that the residents in these areas have been lacking.