March 18, 2017: The Mercy-USA Mother and Child Health Clinic was forced to close. However up until the last day before the fall of East Aleppo we kept the clinic open and served the needs of anyone who came to us. Toward the end of the siege, our brave staff distributed infant formula to malnourished babies, as well as young children who were starving due to months of living under siege. We made sure all resources stockpiled in the clinic were distributed before families fled for their lives.
In the last few months before the fall of east Aleppo, our Mother and Child Health Clinic suffered serious damage from bombings and shelling. After moving locations more than once, we reopened our clinic in a third location. Due to the extreme situation, our clinic served the needs of mothers and their babies, and anyone in the community who needed medical care. Three of the very few remaining physicians in Aleppo were on rotation in our clinic; the last remaining pediatrician worked with us and we were very grateful he was able to be there for the most urgent needs of children who came to us for help.
We have not given up on Syria. We have followed the families from E. Aleppo to the countryside and will be serving their medical needs in our new Primary Health Clinic, opening on March 22nd, 2017. This clinic is larger and offers more services to a population of at least 30,000 people in northern Syria.
This initiative is privately funded by our donors so we ask that you give generously to this extremely vital project. We can’t do it without your support!
Despite Unspeakable Trauma, Life Continues on in Syria…
These stories are from our Aleppo Mother and Child Clinic before it was forced to close.
(Above) Adham, three months old is held by his young mother. He needed a hernia operation which was performed free of charge at our pediatric health center and he’s now gaining weight and thriving. Without the clinic, Adham’s mother would not have known where to turn; she and her husband just lost their home recently to a barrel bomb and are now relying on the kindness of friends and family to get by. They are relieved that the medical care mom and baby so desperately need is free and available to them now.
(Above) Baby Ahmad is just six weeks old and lost his father to a barrel bomb just before he was born. Ahmad’s mother visits the Mercy-USA Mother and Child Health clinic regularly where they both receive free follow-up care, as well as food baskets, hygiene products and formula.
Her parents were unable to afford the treatment plan for Baby Hind’s medical condition and so she became critically ill before her first birthday. Her family came to the Mercy-USA Mother and Child Health clinic for free medical treatment for Hind. She spent ten days in our clinic under the care of our pediatrician, and was discharged to the care of her family, well enough to look into our camera lens with bright eyes and hope for a healthy childhood.