Recent heavy fighting in Syria near the border with Lebanon has led to a sharp increase in the number of injured people arriving in Tripoli, Lebanon. Handicap International has been providing assistance to wounded refugees in four hospitals and clinics in Tripoli since July 2012.
"This week, 50 new patients arrived from Syria,” says Alice Rogez, project manager for Handicap International in Tripoli. “They are usually very severe cases: amputations and compound fractures often complicated by infections and nerve damage." The wounded have often been treated in makeshift hospitals in Syria that lack proper hygiene and all but the most basic medical supplies.
“Coming to meet our beneficiaries is paramount,” says Rogez, who goes on weekly rounds at Handicap International’s partner hospitals and clinics. “It not only allows me to make sure they get the care they need, but it also helps to ensure each patient receives adapted follow-up care. When patients leave the hospital, we assist them through our mobile teams, and provide them with physical therapy and psychosocial support.”
Handicap International also supplies injured patients with prosthetic legs, orthopedic equipment, mobility aids like wheelchairs and crutches, and pressure relief mattresses to help prevent bed sores. “Handicap International is one of the few organizations providing refugees with equipment tailored to their individual needs,” says Assa'ad Al-Ayoubi, a physiotherapist in a clinic supported by Handicap International. “For example, one of our patients needed a wheelchair that tilts to 45 degrees; if he had received a non-adjustable wheelchair, he wouldn’t have been able to use it.”
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