Translated by: Nabil Nabo
Over the past decade, Syria has experienced an alarming surge in C-section deliveries, a consequence of the ongoing security crisis since 2011 and the resulting economic and healthcare system decline.
In 2019, global statistics revealed Turkey’s high C-section rate of 54.4 percent (544 children out of every 1,000 births). Shockingly, Syria’s rate at that time, amidst eight years of conflict, was even higher, with 630 out of every 1,000 children born through caesarean section (C-section), accounting for 63 percent.
The World Health Organization’s recent studies and figures indicate that one in five children worldwide is born via C-section, raising concerns about potential harm, especially as the rate may reach approximately 29 percent by 2030. However, Syria’s rate remains disproportionately higher.
This investigation uncovers compelling statistical evidence from various sources, including Syrian government-controlled governorates in the post-2011 years. It reveals that factors such as security instability, lax oversight, and the greed of individuals and authorities within the medical sector have led to pregnant women being systematically pushed towards unnecessary C-sections, solely for financial gain.
Apart from the exploitation and corruption within the medical sector, the decline in the role of state institutions in promoting awareness and providing care has further victimized pregnant women and their children, resulting in them paying a heavy price in terms of health, finances, and psychological well-being. This phenomenon not only affects their future but also poses significant implications for future generations in the country.