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Exiled Syrian doctors go back to work helping refugees in Turkey

Jul 5th 2020, 12:17 pm
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Safa al-Hussein brings her four-year-old daughter, Ahed, who was injured in an attack on the northern Syrian city of Raqa, to be treated by exiled Syrian doctors at a healthcare centre in the Turkish capital, Ankara

Safa al-Hussein brings her four-year-old daughter, Ahed, who was injured in an attack on the northern Syrian city of Raqa, to be treated by exiled Syrian doctors at a healthcare centre in the Turkish capital, Ankara

Safa al-Hussein comes into the consultation room with her four-year-old daughter, Ahed, who has a leg injury she suffered during an attack on the northern Syrian city of Raqa.

She is treated by a doctor and nurse, who are both Syrian like her.

But this healthcare centre is hundreds of kilometres (miles) from their native country, in the heart of the Turkish capital, Ankara.

Turkey has taken in more than 3.5 million refugees from Syria since the conflict began in March 2011.

Since then, millions have fled the country or been forced into internal displacement.

The Ankara centre's medical team is partly made up of Syrian refugees.

After seven weeks of training, administered by the Turkish health ministry and the World Health Organization (WHO), they are authorised to work in the migrant health centre, returning to careers they had in Syria.

They take care of Arabic-speaking refugees in Ankara, the majority of whom are Syrian, https://www.baolixue.com/home.php?mod=space&uid=721236&do=profile&from=space in a setting that is as reassuring as it is functioning and safe.

- 'Extremely progressive' -

The Turkish government has drawn up "extremely progressive legislation for refugees", said Felix Leger, responsible for health matters in Turkey for the European Commission's humanitarian aid organisation, ECHO.

The medical team at the Ankara health centre is partly made up of Syrian refugees who help other Arabic-speaking refugees in Ankara, most of whom are also Syrian

The medical team at the Ankara health centre is partly made up of Syrian refugees who help other Arabic-speaking refugees in Ankara, most of whom are also Syrian

ECHO partly finances the training provided to the Syrian refugee doctors and nurses.

"A registered refugee has the same rights in terms of access to health and education as a Turkish citizen," Leger said.

But language and cultural barriers can be a major obstacle, so the idea emerged that refugee nurses and doctors could themselves help their compatriots overcome those issues, he added.

The training consists of a week of theory classes, followed by six weeks of practical courses in which the Syrian medical staff follow their Turkish counterparts during consultations.

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