Jan 11, 2018 12:30 PM
Dr. Khaled Almilaji
Syrian Humanitarian Work
Dr. Khaled Almilaji is a trained medical doctor who has been providing emergency medical services treating Syrian refugees and wounded rebel soldiers in the most difficult circumstances in Syria and Turkey since 2012.   In 2013, the first case of Polio was detected in Syria, and Dr Almilaji was able to assemble 8500 volunteers to vaccinate 1.2 million children under the age of five in eigth days.  The success of the first campaign led to working with the Gates Foundation to help fund a continued effort of polio vaccinations.  In 2014, Dr. Almilaji along with a couple of Canadian doctors, formed the Canadian International Medical Relief Organization.  This past June, in recognition of his work with this organization he was granted the Canadian Meritorious Medal for humanitarian work, presented by the Canadian Governor General, David Johnston.   Dr. Almilaji is currently living in Toronto with his wife and new-born baby daughter studying at the University of Toronto for his masters in public health.  He and his wife’s long term plan is to “learn everything we can before returning to rebuild the healthcare system in Syria”.