Syria

Partner: Maram Foundation, The Polish Center for International Aid (PCPM)

Maram Foundation, The Polish Center for International Aid (PCPM) and Better Shelter

Six quarantine centers for Covid-19 patients are being built across Syria. The country, torn by an almost decade-long war, has reported confirmed cases of the virus, and on March 29, the authorities in Syria announced the first confirmed Covid-19-related death.

In support of the Syrian people, the Polish Center for International Aid (PCPM) has donated 52 Better Shelters to the NGO Maram Foundation. The organisation is managing one of the six medical centres, located outside Idlib in northwest Syria, using the Better Shelters. The facility will have capacity for up to 260 patients with Covid-19.

Around 900,000 people in northwest Syria have been displaced by conflict since December 1, 2019. As attacks move further north in Idlib, people are squeezed into a shrinking area near the closed border with Turkey, which was already host to hundreds of thousands of displaced Syrians.

The Syrian health care sector is reported to not have enough capacity or equipment required to battle a Covid-19 outbreak. Health care infrastructure in northwest Syria is almost completely destroyed. There is severe overcrowding in areas sheltering displaced civilians with a looming threat of continued conflict and violence.

Project Information

LocationIdlib, Syria

ImplementationApr 2020

Number of units52

PurposeCovid-19 isolation wards