“Urgence Solidarité Syrie”: fighting a daily battle

The conditions faced by Syrian refugees can only be improved through everyone’s involvement, in particular that of the NGOs working on the ground. Issam Moussly, President of the NGO “Urgence Solidarité Syrie”, supported by Tulipe, agreed to share his experience with us and provide feedback on developments in the country.

– When was “Urgence Solidarité Syrie” created?

“Urgence Solidarité Syrie” was set up at the end of 2011.

– What drove your commitment to this cause?

The constant reports we were hearing from fellow pharmacists and doctors who were being hounded for doing their jobs had a profound impact on me.

Of course, my origins also played a role. Through these men, women and children it was my whole family that I was vowing to rescue.

– Are other organisations also involved?

Many charities, from very different backgrounds, are involved in the Syrian cause. I work primarily with those operating in the medical field, for example UOSSM (the International Union of Medical Care and Relief) or Hand By Hand or “La Ligue Pour Homs” (the city my family came from).

– Why is the partnership with Tulipe so important for you?

Working with Tulipe has been a huge asset for me, a real learning experience. It’s allowed me to take an almost professional approach to humanitarian action and better respond to the health needs of populations in great distress.

Thanks to Tulipe, we’ve been able to secure the dispatch and use of medicines and give an international dimension to the humanitarian actions undertaken by the healthcare industry.

For young NGOs, being able to rely on an experienced organisation means that we can work more effectively. We can identify the right response to use in complex situations, and ensure a rational use of medicines in conflict zones.

Working with such “field experts” allows us to take a more open approach and develop multiple reference criteria.

– Today the fight is far from over. What are your views on the current situation?  

The health conditions for people in Syria are still deteriorating, and there even seems to be an acceleration in that decline that has spread throughout the entire country.

The local pharmaceutical industry is at a standstill and it’s not possible to import any products at all (due to the economic embargo).

In addition, the economic crisis faced by the population means they can no longer access any treatment or care.

– What are your needs in terms of medicines and medical appliances?

Tulipe has provided us with a perfect response in terms of everyday medicines.

However, we still lack single use medical material, minor surgery, and refrigerated products as well as insulin and vaccines.