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Humanitarian aid in Syria, not enough

The “Bloomsbury Humanitarian Debate”, organised by Doctors without Borders for February 5th, reflects on the difficulties that medical professionals are having in the country.

During the session, there will be an attempt to find a response to questions such as, “What are the obstacles to gaining access to people who need help in Syria?” and “Are the people who need it most being truly cared for?”

Through these proposals, the organisation hopes to better understand the dilemmas that social organisations face in order to provide essential services to the wounded. They will also aim to remove the obstacles that make it difficult to maintain personal hygiene.

This vital humanitarian help will be organised with the documents and reports that Doctors without Borders has written on the wounded who are trapped in the conflict zones.

In these documents, the medical-humanitarian organisation denounces the attacks and threats aimed at the medical staff and the wounded in need of aid in Syria. The documents also condemn the looting and destruction of health structures and their militarisation, and discrimination against the wounded because of their political allegiance.

For the organisation, it is fundamental to attend to the victims of the conflict and guarantee the neutrality of medical centres. “One fact of vital importance is not covered by the provisions of the agreement”, they note of the Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan for Syria.

The organisation considers the plan “insufficient” to assist the 2 million people displaced internally because of the war, as well as 1 million refugees in neighbouring countries.

The second session, titled “Bloomsbury Humanitarian Debate” is co-organised by Birkbeck, University of London, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and MSF.

The meeting will take place on the 5th of February at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine at 5.30pm.

For more information, please visit the website.

(Translated by Daniela Fetta)

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