The Syrian Arab Red Crescent participated in the 68th World Health Assembly 2015 that held on May 18- 26, 2015 in Geneva.
Dr. Hazem Bakleh, MD, Director of Medical Services of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, attended the assembly as SARC’ representative, and lit a candle in memorial for fallen health workers who lost their lives for others to live.
During the assembly, Dr. Bakleh gave a word on dangers that put healthcare personnel at risks. “I know first-hand the fear, danger and risk that have become inherent to our jobs. As humanitarians, it is our duty and our passion to help the most vulnerable, but the price of helping those in needs cannot be our lives.” he said. He stressed that these risks threatens all humanitarian workers while providing healthcare services, treatments, vaccines, food and water, “Just a couple of weeks ago, we were on a mission aimed to keeping others’ lives when were lost one of our staff, Isra’a Al-Habash (19 year) He added.
He concluded his word saying: “When we are attacked, and killed, not only is there the pain of grief and loss for our families, friends, and colleagues, there are immediate and long term consequences for the communities we serve. Epidemics of easily preventable diseases are allowed to blossom, the wounded are left untreated, and childbirth becomes a death sentence.”