We cannot save everyone, but we can save thousands.
Humanitarian Guerilla Warfare
Unfortunately, large aid organizations, such as Doctors Without Borders, Save the Children and the Red Crescent have been rendered ineffective at delivering widespread aid throughout Syria. While nearly all large humanitarian organizations are working tirelessly in refugee camps, to officially operate inside Syria, they need permission from the regime; Assad is preventing aid from reaching areas he is proactively bombing.
Our way around this devastating catch-22 is Humanitarian Guerilla Warfare.
Save the Syrian Children devised a bold plan to take life-saving medical supplies straight into the heart of the conflict where they are needed most. These are basic supplies that will allow doctors to stop children from hemorrhaging when they are targeted by bombs, giving them a chance to survive and escape the war.
The strategy is simple. Save as many lives as we can by delivering life-saving medical supplies directly to the war zone.
How we are doing it
First, we built a network of doctors operating on the ground in hospitals in the Idlib and Aleppo provinces in Syria. They compile a list of supplies most needed to minimize civilian casualties from cluster and bunker bombs, the government’s bombs of choice in civilian areas.
Then, we source these supplies factory direct from China or receive excess inventory from hospitals and medical companies. If coming from China, we ship the containers across the Indian Ocean up through Suez Canal to the Port of Mersin in Turkey. If coming from the U.S., containers are shipped across the Atlantic ocean to the Mediterranean to the Port of Mersin. These are extremely common shipping routes.
We are fortunate that the Turkish government has agreed to let our products pass through Turkey duty free. We truck the supplies across Turkey and cross the border into the Idlib area, controlled by the Free Syrian Army.
Supplies are delivered to two medical warehouses and distributed to 28 hospitals in the Idlib and Aleppo provinces.
Due to our size and direct connection with doctors already in Idlib and Aleppo, we have more latitude to help inside the conflict zone in ways that larger humanitarian organizations can't.
We are currently working on sourcing our next container, based on the following wish list from our doctors: patient monitors, EKGs, finger pulse oximeters, portable ultrasound scanners, nebulizers, ventilators, abdominal gaze, disposable laryngoscopes, handheld brain hematoma scanner, latex gloves, surgical loops, blood pressure monitors, anesthesia machine, sterile disposable surgical gowns, and thoracotomy instruments.