June 2014

140 Volunteers prequalified to provide Psycho-social Support Services in Rural Damascus.


The psychosocial support Department of Rural Damascus’ SARC keeps the process of qualifying the volunteers in the fields of psychosocial support and psychological first aid. Five courses were done since the beginning of 2014. Recently, two courses were done in Alttal SARC’s sub-branch with the participation of 30 volunteers from the same sub-branch. It’s worthy to report that the trainers of Rural Damascus’ SARC branch are keeping the process of training and qualifying the volunteers from different sub-branches. 


Following-up visit to the needs of the SARC’s dispensary in Dwailaa


A team of delegates from the Swedish Red Cross, Danish Red Cross and the IFRC’s Health delegate in Syria paid a visit to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent dispensary in Dwailaain order follow up and recognize the supplies needed for this dispensary. The dispensary Manger, Dr. Nour Huda Sbenati, briefed the team about the whole dispensary’s departments: waiting room, reception offices (in which patients take an identification card to fulfill with personal information), the accounting department. The team also had a tour to all clinics with following specialties: Endocrinology clinic, Gynecology clinic, Ophthalmology clinic, Dermatologyclinic, Diabetic clinic, Chronic Diseases and… Read More »


The changes wrought on a Red Crescent branch by an ongoing conflict


By Vivian Tou’meh and Sana Tarabishi, SARC Prior to the conflict in Syria, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) was a very different organization with a very different mission. It had been a significant presence in support of people fleeing other crises in the region. Branches close to the border with Iraq, for instance, had become well-versed in supporting refugees. The nature of SARC’s mission changed in 2011. The Aleppo branch, which has been involved in major operations since the outbreak of violence, was established in 1947. In its early years, the branch provided health services to local people – mostly children… Read More »


International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement deplores deaths of two more Red Crescent volunteers in Syria


The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is shocked by the deaths of Syrian Arab Red Crescent volunteers Quteiba Abdallah and Wassim Mohammed Qassoha, which occurred in the line of duty on 6 and 22 April, respectively. The deaths were confirmed just two days ago. Two further volunteers injured in April remain in critical condition. In total, 36 Syrian Arab Red Crescent and seven Palestine Red Crescent Society volunteers and staff have lost their lives since the beginning of the conflict in Syria while carrying out humanitarian activities. All were clearly identified as humanitarian workers by the red crescent… Read More »


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