Saleyha Ahsan

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Healthcare workers in Syria need international protection.

As an emergency doctor I was integrated into one of the most challenging medical environments I have ever worked in. Would there be reprisals? Would Assad unleash chemical warfare? It was a significant fear among the majority of us, as we checked our dwindling atropinesupplies and thought through mass casualty decontamination plans.

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 21 October 2013 | 0 Comments

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In Syria, Doctors Beware

LONDON — There is something deeply unpalatable about doctors being attacked, detained or killed for doing their job. Yet, as an open letter published in The Lancet by 55 prominent international doctors highlights, the “deliberate and systematic” targeting of medical personnel and hospitals is a fact of life in Syria today.

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 3 October 2013 | 1 Comments

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In Syria, doctors are dying before they can save lives.

People in Syria have become proficient in gazing at the sky. It’s not clouds or stars they are looking out for but government fighter jets. One recent afternoon, we were standing outside a field hospital in northern Syria, close to an area captured by the Free Syrian Army.

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 2 October 2013 | 0 Comments

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No child is safe in Syria today

Away from my comfort zone working as an emergency medicine doctor in London, I have been working in a hospital in northern Syria with the charityHand in Hand for Syria, and being followed by a BBC Panorama team.

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 30 September 2013 | 0 Comments

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An English doctor in Syria: Pity the children - the horror I saw

In Syria today, there are many storms and relatively few moments of calm. I was enjoying a rare moment of peace, a time to exhale. It was a hot, balmy late afternoon on 26 August and I was sitting on the hospital balcony overlooking the olive groves.

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 29 September 2013 | 0 Comments

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Healthcare workers in Syria need international protection

Two weeks ago we braced ourselves for military strikes in Syria. Based in a northern Syrian hospital, working under the umbrella of the NGO Hand in Hand for Syria and being filmed for a BBC Panorama, I contemplated the thought of being locked in the country – undoubtedly the borders...

Posted by Saleyha on 21 September 2013 | 0 Comments

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Healthcare workers in Syria need international protection

Two weeks ago we braced ourselves for military strikes in Syria. Based in a northern Syrian hospital, working under the umbrella of the NGO Hand in Hand for Syria and being filmed for a BBC Panorama, I contemplated the thought of being locked in the country – undoubtedly the borders...

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 21 September 2013 | 0 Comments

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Syrian Frontline Medicine Is Under Fire

Two weeks ago we braced ourselves for US military strikes in Syria. I have been based in a northern Syrian hospital, working under the umbrella of non-governmental organisation Hand in Hand for Syria, and being filmed for BBC Panorama.

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 18 September 2013 | 0 Comments

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Medicine as a weapon of war in Syria

Healthcare professionals in Syria caring for the war-wounded are deliberately targeted, says the International Rescue Committee's in its recently publishedCommission on Syrian Refugees report.

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 2 June 2013 | 3 Comments

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Providing medical relief in Syria's conflict

Saleyha Ahsan, a doctor working in the UK's National Health Service, travelled to Syria in January, and reports on the medical aid effort inside the country and on the Turkish border.

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 16 February 2013 | 0 Comments

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