Rural Damascus, Syria, February 2017.Ghadeer, 32, is a SARC first aider working in Kiswe. She has worked for SARC for six years, since the beginning of the crisis. "When the call comes to go out, I feel happy and proud, because I can help people."This Syrian Arab Red Crescent clinic in Kiswe, Rural Damascus, treats 5,000 patients each month. Around 90% of their patients are displaced people. Attached to the clinic is a health point with a 24-hour ambulance service.

Ghadeer is a volunteer first aider with Syrian Arab Red Crescent in Kiswe, Rural Damascus since 2011

Syrian Arab Red Crescent was admitted to the IFRC in 1948. In 2015, it counted 7,556 active volunteers (up from 1,500 in 2011).

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Homs, Syria 2017Nurse Tharua Hafz has worked as pediatric nurse at the SARC Ghouta clinic in Homs for 6 years. She was originally a beauty consultant, but retrained to follow her chosen career.
“I love my work with SARC. When I was younger I wanted to be a doctor. It wasn’t possible. I did some training and now I have this job. I love my career now. It is good to see the difference we can make for people.”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 Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) facility, supported by IFRC, has two internal disease clinics, pediatrics, gynecology 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 the area.

Thraal has worked as a paediatric nurse at the Syrian Arab Red Crescent Ghouta clinic in Homs for six years. She was originally a beauty consultant but retrained to follow her chosen career.

3 April 2017
Rural Hama, Syria 2017Hilal Shahoud, 27, and has worked with SARC for 10 years in many services, He now works with the mobile malnutrition team. “When I can help a family I take comfort from that, I feel happy. Humanitarian work gives me a feeling of happiness.”The SARC malnutrition clinic in Salemiyeh has both a base in the town, and a mobile team of volunteers who go out to surrounding villages. The malnutrition clinic is one of 6 such SARC facilities, supported by the Canadian Red Cross, in response to the situation faced by displaced people and those living in hard-to-reach areas.

Hilal has worked with Syrian Arab Red Crescent for 10 years across many services disaster management, first aid, media, psychosocial support, and relief. He has been with the mobile malnutrition team for three years.

31 March 2017
Rural Hama, Syria 2017Layla Zier, 23, and has worked with the SARC Salemiyeh malnutrition clinic for 1 year with as a nutritionist. “I am an emotional person, but I use my emotions in a positive way to help me understand people. When I started working here I saw my first SAM (acute) case and felt very sad. But when he was cured I was so happy. He was the first case I cured. I still carry a photo of him on my phone.”The SARC malnutrition clinic in Salemiyeh has both a base in the town, and a mobile team of volunteers who go out to surrounding villages. The malnutrition clinic is one of 6 such SARC facilities, supported by the Canadian Red Cross, in response to the situation faced by displaced people and those living in hard-to-reach areas.

Layla is 23 and has worked as a nutritionist with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent at the Salamiyah malnutrition clinic for the past year.

27 March 2017
Homs, Syria 2017Dr. Shamal has been the medical director of SARC Ghouta clinic since October 2010, before the crisis. The clinic, supported by IFRC, provides a range of services including pediatrics, gynecology and a dental clinic. Due to high levels of demand, there are two internal disease clinics here.
“The two most crowded clinics are the internal disease clinics. Each specialist clinic here sees 30-35 patients each day.
“Before the crisis, most patients at this clinic were Iraqi refugees. Now that has changed – the majority of our patients are Syrian."

Dr Shamal has been the medical director of Syrian Arab Red Crescent clinic in Ghouta since October 2010, before the crisis.

24 March 2017
Rural Hama, Syria 2017Marsil Johar, 39, is the coordinator for the Syrian Arab Red Red Crescent Salemiyeh malnutrition clinic. "I am proud of my colleagues and our work. It’s important, vital work. Winter or summer we don't stop."The SARC malnutrition clinic in Salemiyeh has both a base in the town, and a mobile team of volunteers who go out to surrounding villages. The malnutrition clinic is one of 6 such SARC facilities, supported by the Canadian Red Cross, in response to the situation faced by displaced people and those living in hard-to-reach areas.

Marsil is the coordinator at the Syrian Arab Red Crescent malnutrition clinic in Salamiyah.

20 March 2017
Rural Hama, Syria 2017Zeina Halif, 23, is a nurse at the SARC Salemiyeh malnutrition clinic. “I like volunteer work, and I like children very much. I enjoy working with the doctor, and helping pregnant and lactating women. I love my job and feel happy when I can help people."The SARC malnutrition clinic in Salemiyeh has both a base in the town, and a mobile team of volunteers who go out to surrounding villages. The malnutrition clinic is one of 6 such SARC facilities, supported by the Canadian Red Cross, in response to the situation faced by displaced people and those living in hard-to-reach areas.

Zeina, 23, is a nurse at the Salamiyah malnutrition clinic. She has worked with Syrian Arab Red Crescent since 2014.

18 March 2017
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