Syria: ICRC Delivers Urgently Needed Medical aid to Yarmouk Camp

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Geneva/Damascus (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), working closely with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the Palestine Red Crescent Society, recently delivered urgently needed chronic disease medicine for people living in Yarmouk camp, home to the largest Palestinian refugee community in Syria.

"This is the first time in over a year that we have been able to deliver aid to the people in the camp, we hope to do more" said Daphnée Maret, the deputy head of the ICRC delegation in Syria, who oversaw the operation. "We remain extremely concerned about the hardships being endured by the people living there, in particular the limited access to food, water and health care."

In coordination with all parties concerned and on the basis of a rapid needs assessment carried out by the Palestine Red Crescent, the main health-care provider in the camp, the ICRC delivered a three-month supply of medicine sufficient to treat over 5,000 people suffering from chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. It also delivered blankets, towels, bedsheets, gloves, scissors and similar items to enable pregnant women to deliver more safely and hygienically.

The ICRC is reminding all parties of their obligation under international humanitarian law to protect and spare civilians at all times and to facilitate the safe delivery of neutral, impartial, and independent humanitarian aid to all people directly affected by the fighting.

The ICRC has been assisting millions of people since the onset of the conflict. Every month, the organization delivers food and other essential relief items to over 450,000 people.

In addition to meeting the physical needs of refugees in Yarmouk and others affected by the Syrian Civil War, the ICRC works to reconnect families separated by the conflict. For more information on this vital service, please visit their website by clicking here. You can also read about the provision Restoring Family Links services in Za’atari refugee camp on the Restoring Family Links Blog by clicking here.

For further information on the ICRC’s work in Yarmouk, please contact:
Ralph El Hage, ICRC Damascus, tel: +963 930 336 718
Nadia Dibsy, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 37 23 or +41 79 447 37 26