Chronic Care for a Diabetic Syrian Refugee

Before fleeing Syria, 51-year-old Hashim* miraculously survived a grenade blast for which he had to undergo urgent surgery on his brain, chest and left arm, but he unfortunately lost an eye and hearing in both ears.

When the Kitrinos team were about to leave their Friday shift in Moria Camp clinic, Hashim came in from central triage for fatigue, nausea and poor vision. Following tests, we discovered he had excessively high blood sugar. In ideal circumstances he would be immediately admitted to the hospital, tested for several blood parameters and intensively treated for severe decompensation of type 2 diabetes. However, this was impossible due to the limited capacity of the local medical services.

When I stressed to Hashim why it is so important to take regular medication for his diabetes he explained that he couldn’t afford the treatment which he was prescribed 3 months ago in the local hospital.

COVID-19 measures, an overcrowded central triage area and financial shortages meant that Hashim did not have access to his essential meds which, if continued, could cause irreversible damage to his remaining eye and other vital organs.

Thanks to donations, we can provide acute and chronic care for patients like Hashim and help them get over a critical period of their lives while living in hostile refugee camp conditions.

- Tomas Simonek, our long-term doctor

*Name changed to protect privacy

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