The World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians (WONCA) has urged its members to lobby their local politicians and representatives “to try to end the appalling humanitarian situation” in the Eastern Ghouta region of Syria.
In a statement, Dr Garth Manning, Chief Executive Officer of the organisation said that he, together with the organisation’s President and Executive Council, were seriously concerned about the escalating situation and felt they could no longer sit idly by, without expressing their concerns.
"WONCA has been noting with grave concern the escalating problems in Syria, and specifically the impact on Eastern Ghouta; recognises the desperate situation of people in the area, including health workers; and urges members to ask their own leaders to respect human rights and allow access to health care through a genuine ceasefire and an end to hostilities,” he said.
The call to action comes as Médecins Sans Frontières published startling new data collected from the hospitals and clinics it supports in Syria’s besieged East Ghouta enclave. The data showed that from 18 February to the evening of 3 March 2018 an average of 344 people were wounded and 71 died per day.