Thanks to funds raised by people like you, we are in the midst of planning multiple Trauma-Based Care Trainings to be held in Syria. Doctors, nurses, and midwives from accross the country apply to take part in these workshops, and are carefully selected by our planning committee. They then attend a three day training, aimed at understand Gender-Based Violence or GBV through the lens of Trauma-Based Care.
We believe that effective medical education involves a holistic framework, which is why while half of the training is devoted to best health practices in trauma situations, the other is devoted to understanding the role that gender plays not just in the Syrian healthcare system, but in the country's society as a whole. The workshop is run by a team of Gender Studies' sociologists, activists, women's health professionals, and trauma health professionals.
Join us in supporting comprehensive women's health education for women all over the world.
Women's healthcare workers at a training last year
Dear COHI Family,
We are so excited to announce that we are moving forward with setting up two new women's health workshops for Syrian midwives. These three day workshops train women's healthcare workers on how to effectively respond to the mental and physical effects of gender-based violence (GBV).
In times of war and crisis, rates of violence against women and girls increase - and as a country that has been at war for eight years now, Syria knows this far too well. It is of vital importance to ensure that Syrian healthcare workers know how to treat survivors of GBV. That's why COHI has been working with in-country partners to train midwives in trauma-based care response. And just because the media has turned a blind eye to the suffering in Syria, doesn't mean we will.
Join us in making sure that Syrian women and girls are not forgotten.
We need to talk to you about something that's not getting the media attention it so desperately needs: the continued humanitarian crisis in Syria. Our news feeds are filled to the brim with analysis of the political scuffles and missteps at home, even as the violence in Syria escalates to horrifying levels.
Just this week, the Syrian NGO White Helmets released a statement saying that there are currently hundreds of thousands of civilians fleeing the bombardment in Idlib. The report calls this the single largest mass displacement since the crisis began, eight years ago. Given the high quantity of regufees, border camps are running at double capacity - and yet still over two thirds of those fleeing are without shelter.
We at COHI are unwilling to stand by as this crisis intensifies. That's why we are continuing to raise funds to support the obstetric wing of the Al Imaan Hospital in Aleppo AND a midwifery training program in Damascus. Let us come together to stand up for mothers and babies who might otherwise be forgotten.
As the violence begins to diminish, the media spotlight has dimmed on Syria. But the devastation that the past eight years has brought to the country remains. With a healthcare system that remains less than fifty percent funded and sanctions leading to daily electrical outages, our partner hospital in Aleppo still needs all the help it can get.
Still standing in West Aleppo, the Iman Maternity Hospital is the last fully-functioning health center in the city - with a maternity and pediatric wing that is alarmingly short of supplies. Through all this adversity and turmoil, however, there are still stories of light and laughter. Pictured here are the triplets safely delivered in that very maternity wing, just in time for the New Year.
We love receiving pictures like these from the hospital. Anas, our in-country partner, sent it to us along with a message brimming with pride. We share in that sentiment, and as committed supporters of our work in Syria, you all should share in that, too. Let's continue to show up for Syrian babies like these, and the mamas and health workers who bring them into the world.
It is our pleasure to introduce you to Anas at the Iman Hospital in Aleppo. We met him during our work in Greece several years ago while we were both caring for refugees there. We were impressed with his professionalism and deep commitment to caring for Middle Eastern refugees. Our appreciation for him deepened when he went above and beyond the call of our partnership as he helped our COHI team get out of the country during a military coup when the borders closed a few years ago. He is an all-around outstanding man, and we are so proud to support him and his team.
Want to know more about what Anas, COHI, and YOU did to keep the last specialty Pediatric and Maternity hospital in West Aleppo open this year? Watch the video and hear about our shared impact directly from Anas.
We want to be able to continue to show up for the brave Syrian mothers, children and health care providers caring for them—and we can’t do it without your help. A donation from you to support this work would be a tremendous way to close out our 2018 fundraising, gifting COHI a strong start to meeting this 2019 goal. You’ve already demonstrated your commitment to the people of Syria; how about closing out 2018 with an action that helps to extend COHI’s work into 2019?
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