Dr. Hassan Al-Araj, Head of the Health Directorate in Hama, Syria, was killed in an airstrike Wednesday April 13, during the ceasefire. Dr. Al-Araj had just left the the Al-Maghara Hospital, where he was Hospital Director, and was on his way to the Health Directorate when a surface-to-air missile struck approximately 60 feet from the hospital and less than one foot from his car killing the doctor instantly. Activists on the ground report that Dr. Al-Araj was the target of that air strike.
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Dr. Raphael Pitti is one of the many who have helped Syria’s medical community recover from the collapse of the medical infrastructure. Dr. Pitti is a physician from France that specialized in Emergency Medicine in War Zones. He has provided many training courses to medically treat and deal with injuries and circumstances in war-torn Syria. Dr. Pitti supported the UOSSM in establishing the first medical training center in Bab al Hawa Hospital. Over 7000 trainees were trained since the program began in 2013.
Protect Hospitals & Health Workers in Syria Conference.
The Protect Hospitals and Health Workers in Syria Conference was on December 11. There were two discussion panels, the first discussion was: Syrian NGOs and On the Ground Challenges. Dr. Anas al Kassm, President of UOSSM Canada made the presentation.
You can watch the whole conference here.