01/08/2018

Urgent Action Update: 529 Patients Are Still Awaiting Medical Evacuation (Syria: UA 275.17)


29 of the 558 patients awaiting medical evacuation in besieged Eastern Ghouta have been evacuated and transferred to hospitals in Damascus for treatment. 529 more patients still require urgent medical treatment.

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29 of the 558 patients awaiting medical evacuation in besieged Eastern Ghouta have been evacuated and transferred to hospitals in Damascus for treatment. 529 more patients still require urgent medical treatment.

On 27 December 2017, the Syrian government approved the medical evacuation of 29 critical cases from Eastern Ghouta.  This evacuation was completed on Friday 29 December 2017 with 17 children, six women, and six men transferred to hospitals in Damascus, where they are being treated for serious injuries or medical conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and kidney failure. Eastern Ghouta is an area near Damascus which is besieged by government forces, the area is home to around 400,000 civilians.

According to medical personnel in Eastern Ghouta, 14 people have died while awaiting medical evacuation. The medical evacuation of 572 people with severe injuries and chronic diseases has been pending approval from the Syrian government since July 2017. Medical personnel corroborated news about the evacuation being agreed after negotiations that led to the release of individuals held by the armed opposition. These 29 cases were at the top of the list of patients awaiting medical evacuations due to the urgency of the cases.

529 more patients still require urgent medical treatment for their injuries and diseases. Furthermore, under international humanitarian law the sick or injured must not be treated as bargaining chips; they must receive necessary medical treatment without conditions. Doctors and medical workers in Eastern Ghouta are unable to provide adequate medical care due to lack of adequate surgical supplies, medical equipment and medicine, particularly for treatment of chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:

  • Calling on the Syrian government to unconditionally allow medical evacuations to Damascus;
  • Urging the government to immediately lift the siege on Eastern Ghouta;
  • Calling on it to provide access to UN humanitarian agencies and their implementing partners.

Contact below official by 16 February, 2018:

President
Bashar al-Assad
Fax: +963 11 332 3410 (keep trying, if it does not go through, include your message to the president in an e-mail to the Ambassador, asking for it to be forwarded)
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Your Excellency

Permanent Representative to the UN Bashar Ja’afari
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
820 Second Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10017, USA
Fax: +1 212 983 4439
Email: [email protected]
Salutation: Dear Ambassador

2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Click here to let us know if you took action on this case! This is Urgent Action 275.17
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