Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with medical support shelters in Syria

Region: Middle East & North Africa
Country: Syria
Year: 2020
Shelter: RHU
Project size: 51-100
Modality: COVID-19 pandemic relief , Isolation units
Sector: Health
Partner: Polish Center for International Aid, Maram Foundation
Support: Design & Planning, Capacity Building, Assurance, Communications, Logistics

The Syrian health care sector is reported to be lacking enough capacity and equipment required to confront the stress of COVID-19. The health care infrastructure in northwest Syria is almost completely destroyed, and there is severe overcrowding in areas sheltering displaced civilians with a looming threat of continued conflict and violence.

In support of the vulnerable populations in Syria, the Polish Center for International Aid (PCPM) donated 52 Better Shelter Relief Housing Units (RHUs) to the NGO Maram Foundation. The organisation is managing 1 of the 6 medical centres built from RHUs located outside Idlib in northwest Syria. The facility will have the capacity for up to 260 patients affected with COVID-19.

Read more about PCPM’s efforts in Syria here.