Fifty-five health facilities across northwest Syria were damaged by the quakes; services were suspended in 15 of them, severely limiting people’s access to health services.
One of the worst affected areas is Jindires town, in Aleppo province, where 60 per cent of buildings were destroyed by the quake and 90 per cent of buildings were damaged.
“Driving through the streets of Jindires, we saw the massive destruction,” says Enrique Garcia, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) project coordinator for north Aleppo. “Some neighbourhoods are completely destroyed and a lot of buildings are damaged, including the maternity centre supported by MSF, where we provided safe deliveries, including emergency caesareans and newborn care, in collaboration with a local partner.”
To ensure the continuity of essential services such as maternity care, and pediatrics services, immediate short-term solutions are needed. An MSF team in Jindires town is running a mobile clinic in a camp set up for 270 families made homeless by the quakes. They performed 1,550 medical consultations and offered 670 mental health sessions.