The Aleppo network project is considered one of the most important projects which supported by “Al-Ameen” for humanitarian support in the northern Syria to enhance efficiency within health care systems and ensure the continuity of that care itself.
As the project aims to continue expanding the health care network in northern Syria and implementing the main recommendations from the world health organization to continue focusing on short-term stability, with the aim of improving health service delivery and building resilience in the medium term, by ensuring access to basic primary health care services, free specialized services, which will increase general equality in access to health care and ensure continuity of care while improving health status.
The project also aims to strengthen infection prevention and control screening within the health care network facilities in accordance with the recommendations of the specialized global task forces in this regard, in addition to building medium-term resilience, by raising the capacity of primary health care centers, enhancing the skills of health workers, and installing a solid mechanism to enhance the integration of services and decentralized coordination. In the long term, the Aleppo network project could serve as a platform to strengthen primary health care systems and expand coverage to achieve the goal of universal health coverage.
Components of the project
The project consists of three main tracks, the first of which is the provision of basic health care services to residents of localities, the second is to build the capacity of contracted service providers, and the third is to manage and monitor the project’s workflow itself.
The network will link and coordinate the operations of 21 facilities with different levels of complexity and capacities, and solve health problems, with the general objectives set to improve access, enhance efficiency within the network and ensure continuity of care, noting that the world health organization provides project coordination, technical support, and capacity building of partners, quality, implementation control and project evaluation for potential expansion.
Project focus area
The Aleppo network project covers the areas of “Azaz” and “Al-Bab” in the northern countryside of Aleppo, and it links and coordinates the operations of health facilities that provide primary health care services, different levels of complexity and capacities to solve health problems, within an estimated population of about 800000 people.
Availability of facilities around population size was analyzed using the world health organization monitoring system and resources, as well as the rapid health facility assessment launched in 2019 that collected critical elements indicating gaps in services across northern Syria, and this was useful for determining the arrangement of areas, where the coverage is required to be expanded.
Beneficiaries of the project
In general, the beneficiaries of Aleppo network project are internally displaced persons, individuals, and those affected by the conflict, in addition to primary health care centers and other facilities in the network, and the project will also enhance the capacity of the primary health care network to provide a package of basic health care services by raising the level of centers’ capacity and staff skills, health workers and managers to effectively manage the growing demand for health care and provide quality care during and after the crisis period.
In addition, local health authorities will benefit, as the project will help strengthen coordination with local health authorities and directorates, to organize and manage effective, well-targeted primary health care and mobile coverage along with coordination and care in the hospital and specialized services for the target population.