Crisis Update: Syria
Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 7:30 PM (EDT)
As the devastating conflict continues unabated in Syria, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is tracking and responding to the emergency medical needs of the thousands of people injured and displaced. By setting up primary health care and surgical facilities in several regions of the country, MSF has been able provide care to thousands of those affected by the violence. Complicating this already high-risk response is the deliberate targeting of medical facilities and personnel, a clear violation of international humanitarian law.
Beyond Syria's borders, refugee camps have filled with hundreds of thousands of people -- Syrians who have fled the violence that has engulfed—and in many cases destroyed—their homes, and who are now in desperate need of medical and other basic assistance. MSF teams are providing essential medical care and other humanitarian aid in camps in Iraq and Jordan, and in makeshift settlements and communities in Lebanon.
Join us Thursday, May 9 for a LIVE ONLINE panel discussion featuring three distinct, on-the-ground, perspectives on the crisis in Syria and on MSF's various operations.
Stephen Cornish, Executive Director, MSF-Canada, who recently returned from a fact finding assignment that took him to nearly all MSF programs in and around Syria.
Deane Marchbein, MD, President of the Board of MSF-USA, and MSF Anesthesiologist, who spent a month earlier this spring providing surgical care within Syria.
Michael Goldfarb, Media Relations Manager, MSF-USA, who recently documented living conditions and the humanitarian situation facing Syrian refugees in Lebanon and northern Iraq.
Doctors Without Borders / Medecins Sans Frontieres
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe. For more information, please visit www.doctorswithoutborders.org.