Over the past couple of weeks, we have all been shocked and deeply saddened by the devastating impact of the February 6th earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. It has been called “the disaster of the century” and the staggering loss of life and destruction are profoundly heart breaking.
On behalf of the European Society of Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA), we would like to express our sympathy to those affected by this major natural disaster. To our colleagues, collaborators and friends in these countries and to all those facing the unimaginable loss of their loved ones, homes and entire communities, our thoughts are with you.
To all those who work in the front lines – anaesthesiologists, healthcare professionals, emergency workers and everyone contributing to the rescue efforts – we wish you courage and strength in the days, weeks and months ahead.
The earthquakes have compounded the suffering of many individuals in the region, but we are hopeful that the incredible resilience of the Turkish and Syrian people will help them through this dreadful time. It is also encouraging to see the international community responding with such speed and bringing all possible resources to bear.
Increased global support and solidarity to deliver humanitarian assistance are essential in the weeks and months of recovery ahead. If you would like to help, please have a look and consider donating to the following organisations:
International red cross: icrc.org
Medecins sans frontieres: msf.org