Intensive Care Units are full, while COVID-19 Centers report an over 95% occupancy rate. Only a mere 2.5% of the four million people living in the Northwest have received the first dose of the vaccine. With positivity rates reaching an unprecedented 47% and limited ability to respond, the healthcare system is on the brink of collapse.
“Unfortunately, we are unable to keep up with the increase in the number of cases, especially due to the continuous calls for relief that we receive and the lack of capacity to respond to the pandemic, such as the presence of only one transport vehicle.”
“We have been working day and night, without interruption. Healthcare volunteers continue to bear the heavy workload in order to help patients,” says Sharif*, a member of the CARE-supported ambulance network in Northwest Syria.
This spike in the number of COVID-19 cases is also affecting the ability of women and adolescent girls to access sexual and reproductive health services, including maternal health. Many primary healthcare facilities and hospitals have had to suspend services, due to the growing number of infections among health staff. At the same time, needed sexual and reproductive medications and supplies are limited in many places.