Dr Attasi has worked with Syrian Arab Red Crescent as a paediatrician for two years at the Homs Ghouta health clinic. She sees around 35 patients a day.
“One of my most memorable patients is a 5-year-old girl who weighed only 5 kilogrammes. She has a condition which means she cannot talk or hear and does not eat. She will only drink milk. We transferred her to the nutrition centre for treatment, but due to her syndrome so far there has been no change. This makes me very sad; I always remember this case.
“I have two children of my own, so when I see any baby here at the clinic I feel like a mother, I have instant maternal feelings.”
“When I can make a difference I am very happy. I am always busy here, but I like my work because we are working directly with patients to help them. Also, I like my SARC colleagues very much.”
The Ghouta clinic has existed since before the crisis. Then, most patients were Iraqi refugees. Now the majority are displaced Syrians from Old City and rural Homs. This SARC facility, supported by IFRC, has two internal disease clinics, paediatrics, gynaecology and a dental clinic. The busiest are the two internal disease clinics, which are always full. Earlier in the crisis, this facility was the only place offering vaccinations in this area.