I hope this email finds you safe, healthy, and well.
This is our hope for all of our community, including our beneficiairies all across the world. This pandemic has presented many unprecented situations that we, as a global community, were not prepared for. One of the major ways in which we have failed is our inability to provide for those who are less fortunate than us.
Conflict continues to rage in Syria, along with the spread of COVID-19. We can not have an accurate count of infections, rates, and deaths - because tracking has proved to be nearly impossible in such a dangerous situation.
That's why COHI is working to get as much Personal Protective Equipment into the hands of medical workers across the country. Join us in making this a reality.
As our news cycle focuses on the latest tiff in politics, the humanitarian emergency is escalating in Syria. Since the new year, 900,000 have been forced to flee their homes in Northwest Syria due to an increase in violence. 500,000 of these are children.
At a time like this, it's easy to feel discouraged. But that's why COHI is so happy to announce that earlier this month our partners successfully completed a Reproductive Health Workshop in Damascus, Syria - where doctors, midwives, and pharmacists were trained in trauma-based care techniques for responding to gender-based violence in the region. This workshop was designed on COHI's core belief that reproductive health is a state of coplete physical, mental, and social wellbeing, and not merely the asbence of disease.
We are proud to support medical professionals that work within their communities to uplift voices of women and girls. One of the primary goals of our organization is to do our part in making this world a safer place for women everywhere. We firmly believe that prioritizing community and women-led efforts to ensure quality women's healthcare is one of the most effective ways of doing this, especially in times of conflict and crisis.
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.
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