Syria: International Committee of the Red Cross


ICRC : New Budget for ICRC Office in Syria to Be Highest in the World

May 13, 2013

Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) mission in Damascus, Magne Barth, said that the ICRC will officially announce on Monday an increase of the budget allocated for Syria, making it the biggest ICRC operation in the world in terms of budget.

During a meeting on Monday with Health Minister Dr. Saad al-Nayef, Barth said that the ICRC is very concerned with the humanitarian situation in Syria and will work to reach all affected people to provide all sorts of support and aid, including medical services.

He said that the ICRC and the Syrian government are in agreement on rejecting the targeting of health establishment, ambulances and medical staff by any sides, and that every injured or sick person has the right to receiving treatment.

Berth asserted that the ICRC is active on the grounds and has been so for two years, helping the Syrian government to deliver aid to affected families, adding that the ICRC will expand its work to reach more people and that it will work to distribute food baskets and drinking water, in addition to its cooperation with the health sector via the Health Ministry and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC).

For his part, Minister al-Nayef pointed out that the health sector in Syria is coherent and strong, and that it provides free medical services to everyone without discrimination, noting that the recent vaccination campaign provided vaccines for over 1.5 million children across Syria.

Al-Nayef said the Ministry needs support from international organizations in procuring specific medication and medical equipment due to the unjust economic sanctions imposed on Syria, adding that international aid provided to the health sector aren’t up to the required level, particularly in light of the constant terrorist attacks against the health sectors.

The ICRC has been active in Syria since 1967, and is currently cooperating with the SARC to distribute aid and provide medical services to families affected by the crisis.

H. Sabbagh


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