Free Idlib Health Directorate welcomes restoration of US support to humanitarian projects
Idlib - SMART
On Tuesday, the Free Idlib Health Directorate welcomed the decision to restore the United States support for humanitarian projects in the governorate of Idlib, Northern Syria, for another year.
In a statement, the directorate said that the previous decision by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to stop all aid to the governorate of Idlib posed a threat to the work of 22 health facilities.
The US will renew its support for international and local humanitarian organizations responsible for providing services in the Idlib governorate after a three-month suspension.
The statement added that 3.5 million civilians in the governorate, including 1.5 million forcibly displaced people (FDP), one-third of whom are children, would be deprived of medical assistance and services if the US did not continue the support. The statement thanks all those who contributed to the return of the support.
On Sunday, the Executive Director of the SKT Organization, Yasser Shehadeh, said that the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) stopped their support to a number of hospitals, camps for FDP and water and sanitation projects since Sept. 15, 2018, after the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham gained control of the governorate.
Humanitarian organizations, in cooperation with local councils in areas outside Syrian government control in Northern Syria, are implementing a number of service, development and humanitarian projects, amid poor resources and lack of funding, which led to the cessation of a number of projects in FDP camps.