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Syrian Physicians, Wartime Conditions

According to the World Health Organization, over half of Syria’s doctors, mostly specialists, have fled the country, leaving the war-torn country in dire need of medical assistance. The death toll has exceeded 100,000, and medical supplies are being depleted at an alarming rate. The Ohio-based Syrian American Medical Society provides medical supplies and facilitates monthly training workshops by physicians in the U.S. to help the remaining Syrian physicians adapt to treating patients under wartime conditions with little technology. Most recently in Eastern Turkey, SAMS held a training course to teach physicians and physician assistants surgical skills and alternative forms of anesthesia. After the session, physician facilitators keep in contact with Syrian physicians by video conferencing.