Under-resourced settings have faced inequitable access to essential medicines, vaccines, and resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, including medical oxygen.
In countries affected by protracted conflict, where health systems are already strained and resources depleted, the impact of such shortages are magnified. One such context is northwest Syria where, in an area of 3,460 square meters, 4.2 million civilians, half of whom are internally displaced persons (IDPs), face not only a second surge of COVID-19 cases but also ongoing hostilities and continued attacks on health facilities. Other challenges include fuel and electricity shortages, lack of experienced maintenance for oxygen generators and the long and always delayed supply chain for spare parts and supplies affecting COVID-19 treatment centers, which also impact oxygen delivery.
Read our most recent report on the ongoing situation HERE.