In his appeal, Cardinal Mario Zenari noted that that there are more than 13 million Syrians who have been affected by the war and require humanitarian assistance such as food and medicine.
Since 2016, Zenari has been involved with AVSI’s Open Hospitals, an initiative to address the current health crisis in the country. The project provides medical care for those living in poverty and supports the activities of three non-profit hospitals in Syria – the Italian Hospital and the French Hospital in Damascus and St. Louis Hospital in Aleppo.
Open Hospitals is implemented by AVSI with the support of individual donors, various institutions and private foundations including the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Health Association.
In this video, Cardinal Zenari recalls the main activities of the project: so far, about 30,000 people have been treated in the three hospitals supported by Open Hospitals and the goal is to reach 50,000 people in total.