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Ra’el Primary Healthcare Center

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In 2019, responding to a lack of healthcare providers within Ra’el and an influx of IDPs, SEMA US opened a primary healthcare center to provides primary care for people displaced by the war in Syria. Ra’el Primary Health Care Center operates by providing basic services such as general consultations, reproductive healthcare, family planning, community health services, first aid, nutrition services, and a pharmacy that provides free medicine to patients.

Ra’el is one of the villages receiving high number of displaced families from rural Damascus, Homs, Hama and from the recent escalation in Idleb governorate. The estimated catchment population is about 20,000 people in Ra’el and the accessible villages in the surrounding areas, 5,000 people are internally displaced people. The area lacks any kind of health care support.

The clinic provides general medical consultations and reproductive health consultations focused on family planning, antenatal care, and postnatal care. The clinic provides necessary medication to patients as per of their needs and availability. Furthermore, the clinic will refer cases to higher level of medical care centers.  The PHC services will be offered year-round and began in October 2019.

Goal:  Provide access to essential primary healthcare services to the most vulnerable populations in Ra’el, Northwestern Syria.

Outcomes:

  • Vulnerable IDPs living in informal settlements have access to free medical consultations and medication through PHC services.
  • Provide quality primary healthcare services to vulnerable IDPs living in informal settlements.
  • Enhance community participation in health activities

Needs Assessment:

Reportedly, 46 percent of hospitals and primary health care facilities in Syria are either partially functional or not functional as a result of damage inflicted by hostilities over the course of the crisis. These attacks deprive countless persons from access to essential medical assistance.

Northwestern Syria continues to host 3.8 million people in protracted displacement and received some 470,000 spontaneous returnees in 2018. Many of these populations rely on humanitarian

assistance as a critical lifeline to avert a drastic deterioration in the humanitarian situation. Women and girls, children, persons with disabilities and elderly are particularly affected due to their specific needs and the challenges in accessing services adequate to their needs. Health needs related to trauma care and burn care and rehabilitation are significant. 37% of the affected population requires routine reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health services.  Complications to health and accessing healthy services can represent a significant shock among vulnerable populations affecting resilience and impeding recovery.

Activities:

  • Implementation and operation of a primary healthcare center to provide quality health consultation.
  • Implementation of a comprehensive community health program raising public awareness of public health issues. The program consists of five modules: Reproductive health; communicable and non-communicable diseases; nutrition and MUAC screening for malnutrition; referral system; and infection prevention control. Outreach will include household visits from trained community health workers and public sessions at PHC site.
  • Offering reproductive healthcare including: antenatal care (ANC), post-natal care (PNC), and family planning (FP) through one female GP trained on consultations.

This project is linked to the strategies and objectives of Humanitarian Response Plan 2019; the primary project objective is to provide life-saving and life-sustaining humanitarian health assistance through supporting the areas of need in Northwestern Syria, in particular, focusing on the most vulnerable populations. This project is in line with the health sectoral priorities and objectives; it will strengthen and improve access to primary healthcare in the region. Access to primary healthcare is crucial to stabilizing sustainable livelihoods for vulnerable populations.

 Expenses:

The clinic’s operation costs roughly $10,000.00 per month, which supports staff and operational costs.

Help us:

Your generous donation will help us to continue achieving our goal and outcomes for this project. You could help fund a salary for a doctor ($600 per month), or a nurse ($350 per month), or offset our medication expenses for the PHC ($5000 per month). Your donation to the Ra’el Primary Healthcare Center of whatever amount you feel called to give will support livelihoods and healthcare for under-served communities and allow us to continue helping those in need for months to come.

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