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The Royal College of Emergency Medicine

Together for Northwest Syria Medical Aid

Led by Syrian-British doctor, Dr Tirej Brimo, supported by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) and Cambridge Global Health Partnerships (CGHP) to provide direct support to healthcare workers and hospitals based in Northwest Syria.
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With a population of about 4 million, northwest Syria hosts a large number of internally displaced people. The protracted conflict in Syria has caused significant infrastructural damage in this area and left some of its population in desperate need for humanitarian and medical aid. Following the recent earthquake on 6th February 2023, the devastating aftermath has escalated these needs significantly.

The recent UNOCHA report on 6th March states that more than 4,500 deaths, 8,700 injuries, and 10,600 destroyed buildings have been reported in north-west Syria, since an earthquake of 7.7 magnitude struck the area on 6th February.

The RCEM Northwest Syria working group has been in contact with clinical leads on the front line, key NGOs and the relevant health directorate, including the areas most affected by the earthquake in the northern parts of Aleppo and Idlib governorates. This has enabled us to identify the most urgent medical necessities.

Our fundraising campaign will support three hospitals in northwest Syria with well needed medical equipment. This will help revive local resources and empower Syrian clinicians on the ground to provide services that they lack the tools and equipment for.

The campaign will support the following hospitals in Northwest Syria.

Bab Alhawa hospital (neurosurgical department) the biggest neurosurgical department in Northwest Syria and the largest brain tumour centre.

Aaqrabat Hospital (a specialist hospital for plastics/reconstructive surgery and orthopaedics surgery). With three plastic surgeons in Northwest Syria, this hospital serves a large population in Northwest Syria with its specialist services.

Al-Shefaa Hospital in Afrin (general surgery department). While serving a large population, hospitals in Afrin are lacking some basic equipment.

How could your donation help?

- £25 could buy a laparoscopic trocar, which will help provide critical keyhole surgery.

- £250 could go towards buying a neurosurgical drill, which will help provide crucial, life-saving neurosurgical operations.

- £2,500 could go towards buying a C- Arm Xray, which will help manage fractures and injuries sustained during the earthquake.

- £25,000 could buy a CO2 fractional ablative laser, which will help in treating childrens scars and burns.

Thank you for your support.

About Us:

About CGHP

Cambridge Global Health Partnerships (CGHP) is a charitable organisation committed to improving healthcare globally. CGHP was born out of the belief that health should not be predetermined by where we live. Since 2007, we have been strengthening healthcare in low/middle-income countries (LMIC) settings through health partnerships. CGHP functions as a linked charitable programme within Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust (ACT). Find out more about our work by visiting https://cambridgeghp.org/

About RCEM

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine, (RCEM) is charity focused on advancing education and research in Emergency Medicine. RCEM works to ensure high quality care by setting and monitoring standards of care. Internationally, RCEM aims to contribute to improvement in global emergency medicine outcomes - by strengthening Emergency Care Systems (ECSs) through high-quality, evidence-based capacity-building, training, and education.

About Dr Tirej Brimo

Dr Brimo is an emergency medicine doctor working in Addenbrookes hospital in Cambridge. He arrived in the UK in 2012 as a refugee, fleeing the Syrian conflict. He graduated as a doctor in 2017 and has been working in the NHS since. Dr Brimo is passionate about global health medicine and has volunteered working with refugees in Greece and Ukraine.

About the charity

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine works to shape the future of Emergency Medicine. Our work is focused on improving patient care, supporting Emergency Medicine doctors through wellbeing support and training, funding vital research and supporting Emergency departments in developing countries.

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