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Reference : V-P-SY-E-00910
Date : 21/06/2019
Country/Region : SYRIA
Caption : North East Syria, Al Hassakeh Governorate, Al Hol camp for internally displaced persons, field hospital. This woman is a midwife. She delivered the first baby girl born at the field hospital.
Photographer : MORTVEDT, Mari Aftret
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : “Each child birth is a unique experience. My colleagues and I have a hard time communicating with patients in different languages, but giving birth is part of human nature and we don’t need words to communicate. The little girl was born healthy, but her mother is suffering from a war injury in her arm. Her mother will also become a patient at the field hospital to get treatment for her injury”, she explained.
The field hospital is joint initiative between the ICRC, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the Norwegian Red Cross, aimed at providing medical care for some of the most vulnerable people living in the camp. The hospital is providing life saving surgical assistance to people who are in desperate need of medical attention. The situation in Al-Hol camp is overwhelming and dire. Since December 2018, more than 63,000 people have arrived in the camp. Today, about 74,000 people live in the camp. Around 90 percent of those living in the camp are women and children; an estimated two-thirds are children. The medical needs remains huge, including mother and child attention, surgery, mental health and physical rehabilitation. A particular concern is the large number of weapon-wounded patients who have limited access to surgical and post-surgical care.
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Orientation : landscape
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