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United States resumes support of humanitarian project for one year

Editing: Mohamad Alaa |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Nouha Salti
Publication date: 2018/12/03 11:31

Idlib - SMART

On Monday, an anonymous source from the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) said that the United States would resume its support of humanitarian projects in the Idlib governorate, Northern Syria, for one year.  

The source added that earlier, the supporter informed them that new project funds would not include the Idlib governorate, forcing the organizations to reduce employees’ salaries by 25 percent in November. The organizations also informed the project management that they would continue for only three months only.

The source said that they called the supporters to revise the decision to exclude Idlib and sent humanitarian and medical justifications. The supporters accepted the request and canceled the ban for one year.

The source added that after the supporters renewed the funds, the SAMS canceled the decision to reduce the salaries. The source mentioned that the ban mostly affected the SAMS and  Relief International.
The source said that the SAMS supports the National hospital of al-Maaraa, the hospital of al-Salam, the hospital of Sarmin, the hospital of the Idlib governorate, the National Hospital of Idlib, The hospital of al-Ghadafah, the hospital of Uqayribat, the hospital of Maarshamarin, and several other medical centers and mobile clinics.  

On Dec. 2, 2018, Yasser Shehadah, the executive manager of the  Sakaan Relief and Development Organization, reported that after appeals by organization officials, the US Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) informed international and local organizations, including the SKT, that they would continue their support.

Humanitarian organizations operating in collaboration with local councils in the areas outside Syrian government control in Northern Syria, carry out service, development, and humanitarian projects, amidst a lack of financial means that regularly forces organizations to stop projects.