Dr Talib has worked for Syrian Arab Red Crescent at the Jaramana clinic in obstetrics and gynecology for a year now. She monitors women through their pregnancy and checks for any complications or infections. The majority of her patients are displaced women who are facing additional challenges.
“I see about 35 to 40 women a day. Displaced women who are pregnant face many issues. They are away from their home, they may not be able to afford food that will give enough nutrition or the medical things they need, they are suffering the pressures of their situation. I also have training in psychosocial care, so with a stressed patient I try to help her. I treat the physical side, but also the emotional side. I can then refer people for psychological support if they need it.
“One woman came here with severe anemia, and because we could help her, it made a big difference to her – when she left she was beaming. I love my patients, I love people, and I love what SARC does to help people. We love humanity.”
Before the crisis, Jaramana had a population of around half a million. Now, due to the number of displaced people living here, that number is 2 million. This SARC clinic, supported by IFRC, offers a wide range of facilities, including paediatrics, a dentist, urologist, gynaecology and a pharmacy.