Health services and drugs industry have collapsed in Syria, agency says

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 11 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1600
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

Medical aid agency Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has called for an urgent agreement to allow international aid to reach civilians across war torn Syria, where health services and the pharmaceutical industry have collapsed.

In a report entitled Syria two years on: the failure of international aid so far, MSF, one of the few international organisations operating inside Syria, documents the deterioration of the country’s once high standard health system.1 Hospitals and doctors have become political targets; and secret, makeshift medical units in private homes, farms, and caves have struggled to cope.

United Nations organisations and some aid agencies have been allowed to provide aid in government held areas only, and aid must all be channelled through the Syrian Red Crescent, which is tightly controlled by the regime. Few …

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