After our mobile hospital crossed the border to Rojava, things have gone quiet around our commitment in Northern Syria. Rest assured, we have not been idle in the region — but safety considerations left us in doubt of how to report.
A few weeks ago, we announced our intention to work on Lesvos as part of our Emergency Response Balkans. After our team had observed the situation on the ground for a few days, it became clear that as an organization we could not imagine working in the local conditions. The reasons for this decision can be found in our statement below.
On Thursday, May 24th, CADUS and the Kurdish Red Crescent joined together for the first training of the mobile hospital. About 15 Kurdish Red Crescent crew members joined the CADUS project coordinators, infield head of mission, and technician to learn about the operation of the mobile hospital which will soon be utilized in the field.
On April 10th, we were happy to present the Al-Khansaa children’s and women’s hospital at East Mosul with a donation from FujiFilm SonoSite. The company contributed one of the latest mobile ultrasound devices available on the market. Our volunteer physician, Dr. Henryk Pich (anaesthesiologist, emergency and intensive care physician) was on site for the handover.
Our technician, Chris has arrived in Erbil to inspect the trucks prior to their departure to Syria. Due to the fact that they haven't been moved for a long time, there are a few items needing to be repaired and serviced. The next step is to get all of the necessary permissions for the passage to syria. If everything's going smoothly, we can start this month or the beginning of April at the latest.
Years of conflict and associated therewith the humanitarian crisis in Syria had led to Millions of women undergo violence, hunger and misery. For most of them – free or imprisoned, equal or oppressed, injured and traumatized, hungering and providing – today is a day to fight for their rights!
CADUS is working intensely to prepare the next missions in Iraq and Northern Syria. The Operation Managers in Berlin are recruiting teams and filing requests. CADUS regional manager Fee Baumann is taking care of everything else in Erbil.
The mobile hospital is our biggest project so far. Two and a half years have passed since the idea came into being. We built a mobile hospital based on 4-wheel-trucks in a diy way. For this, we got an incredibe amounnt of support from everywhere, but we also had to overcome many difficulties.
January 2018 we will finally reach our destination in Syria. Time to look back.