The civil war in Syria has been ongoing for more than seven years. Some estimates put the casualties at near half a million and the chaos of the war has contributed to the global refugee crisis.
More than five million people have fled the country, but there are even more displaced people still living in the wartorn nation, many lacking access to medical care. In response to the crisis, the Isreali Defense Force has enlisted the help of Israeli hospitals, located relatively near the Syrian border, to care for people impacted by the war.
Dr. Batsheva Tzadok is the deputy chief the emergency department at Baruch Padeh Medical Center in Poria, and Dr. Erez Onn is the director general of the hospital. They were in Milwaukee recently as guests of the Israel Center of Milwaukee Jewish Federation and Partnership2Gether.
While in town, they sat down with Lake Effect's Joy Powers to talk about their work with Syrian war victims and to explain why the program has largely been kept a secret.