MSF in Damascus to deliver additional relief aid
A Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) delegation and a cargo plane, containing 30,000 units of baby milk, 234 family tents and three surgical kits, arrived today in Damascus, as a donation to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC). This cargo, the second MSF donation to the SARC since the earthquakes of February 2023, aims to help with relief assistance to people affected by the earthquakes in areas where MSF does not currently have teams.
Alongside the donations, an official MSF delegation of Dr Ahmed Abdel-Rahman, MSF director of operations and Michiel Hofman, a senior humanitarian specialist, arrived in Damascus to discuss MSF’s willingness to provide medical and humanitarian support to people living in areas that MSF is not currently present. They aim to have talks with the SARC officials to discuss with the SARC ways through which MSF can provide additional medical assistance to more people throughout Syria.
The humanitarian situation in Syria was dire even before the earthquakes, ravaged by 12 years of war and multiple economic crises.
Since 6 February, we have scaled up our response in the areas of Syria that were most impacted by the earthquakes and where we have had teams for more than 10 years. This support has included direct medical assistance, distribution of relief items, water and sanitation activities as well as the provision of supplies.