UOSSM released the UOSSM Syrian Hospital Report which is the most comprehensive of its kind.
Key Findings of the Syrian Hospitals Surveillance Report:
• All 107 hospitals examined in Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, Hammah, Daraa, Quneitra, and Homs were hit at least once by a direct airstrike. Some hospitals were struck as many as 25 times. On average each hospital was attacked three times in 2016.
• Three-quarters of the hospitals surveyed were located in buildings not designed to house medical facilities and were in fact makeshift hospitals, ill-equipped to provide the needed medical care. Four were dug in caves.
• More than half of all hospitals’ staff had no training to prepare for or respond to airstrikes, or chemical weapons; and one third of hospital staff had no experience in occupational safety or risk management.
• There is an alarming scarcity of medical specialties like vascular surgery, neurosurgery, and plastic surgery, and the relevant equipment needed. Certain specialities' manpower, such as general surgeons, was down by 25% from the year before.
• As a result of this data, UOSSM for the first time concludes that new measures are urgently needed to protect hospitals and medical workers from aerial attacks."
Please click here to read the full report.