<P>in Syria became very corrupt and extremely poor starting in the 1980s as well. As the education system began to decline, wealthy Syrians began pursuing education outside of Syria, perpetuating the brain drain of the 1980s. My parents were both educated in Syria. My father ?QLVKHGKLVPHGLFDOGHJUHHLQ6\\ULD and came to the United States to do his residency. My mother is currently completing her PhD in the United States. Q: How are the public health systems operating today? A: Today, that depends on where you live in Syria. Syrians who live in areas that the Assad regime has not withdrawn from have access to clean water and access to free health care and sanitation. However, areas from which Assad has withdrawn have no access to health care, with the exception of the makeshift clinics established by humanitarian organizations such as the Syrian American Medical Society. Their ZDWHULVQRW?OWHUHGDQGRIWHQWKH\\ have no access to running water. There are no sanitation measures. To address this situation, Local Civilian Councils have formed. These groups of civilians, have come together to reestablish public sanitation, food distribution in times of siege, electricity, and limited access to health care. Q: As a young Syrian American, what has been your experience in advocating for basic health in Syria? What have you been able to accomplish and how? A: The ongoing crisis has made all H?RUWVHWUHPHO\\GL?FXOWDQGRQO\\ PLQLPDOO\\H?HFWLYH+RZHYHU?KDYH EHHQDEOHWRGHVLJQDZDWHU?OWHU made of entirely reusable materials designed for use inside of camps DQGRWKHUDUHDVZKHUHZDWHUTXDOLW\\ is compromised. I have also been working with Local Civilian Councils to provide information to civilians in besieged areas that would allow them to protect their limited water supply from contamination. I am VHQGLQJP\\?UVWFRQWDLQHURIPHGLFDO supplies for makeshift clinics in a few weeks, and I am working on a IHZRWKHUSURMHFWVPHDQWWREHWWHU RUJDQLHWKHKXPDQLWDULDQH?RUW DQGLQFUHDVHWKHH?HFWLYLW\\RI6\\ULDQ $PHULFDQH?RUWVLQWKHSLSHOLQH Since beginning my work as a human rights activist, I have raised, with the help of my team, ~$250,000 to IXQGSURMHFWVWKDWLQFOXGHEXLOGLQJ a sewage system in a refugee camp, opening a kitchen, funding bakeries, and sending containers of medical supplies, and funding schools. I have been able to work ZLWKKRVSLWDOQHWZRUNVWRDFTXLUH over 700 pounds of medical supplies DQGHTXLSPHQWWREHGRQDWHGWR Syria through the Syrian American Medical Society. 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