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"Over the last several years, direct, targeted attacks on health care institutions that are clearly civilian facilities have escalated greatly," says Dr. Michael Van Rooyen, an emergency physician and the director of Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, "and Syria's been the most notable and notorious example."

COHI supports the last hospital in Aleppo left to care for the remaining citizens in the city, which has been a theater of war. Due to frequent hospital bombings, there are incredibly limited resources for mothers and infants to receive healthcare, and general supplies are low.

COHI and partner organization Human Appeal are committed to delivering much needed supplies, resources and support to the last health care center in the region. Human Appeal’s hospital served a community of over 200,000. Now, we can expect it to be much, much higher.

Due to recent army encroachments, Human Appeal has moved hospital operations to open-air clinics near refugee camps around Aleppo, meeting the need directly on location. So far, COHI has raised $100,000 to continue to sustain this valuable healthcare resource for those who remain inside war-torn Aleppo.

Additionally, COHI trained seven Syrian midwives in Emergency Obstetric Care and equipped them with much needed supplies and medicines, including ayzh clean birth kits, to care for the women left in war-torn Syria. The 3-day training workshop sponsored by Every Mother Counts and co-hosted with Human Appeal was held in Gaziantep, Turkey, and covered topics such as postpartum hemorrhage management, neonatal resuscitation, emergency obstetric care, and global health training for midwives in low resource settings.

COHI will continue to support these midwives with additional supplies and training as needed to sustain this crucial lifeline for the mothers and infants in Syria.