A field hospital for the al-Hawl refugee camp
Given the poor supply situation at the Al-Hol refugee camp in Northern Syria we are supporting the establishment of a field hospital and training of medical personnel. Together with our local partners, we will thereby significantly improve and sustainably increase the local capacity for medical care.
Upon completion of construction, 40 patients can receive in-patient care at the hospital. In addition to an operating room the hospital will be equipped with a laboratory, x-ray and ultrasound for basic diagnostics.
Situation on the ground: medical care for a small city
As the final strikes against the last ISIS stronghold transpired over the last couple weeks, the number of refugees increased immensely, rising from 10,000 to 75,000 people, thereby overstraining any infrastructural capacities at the al-Hawl refugee camp. Congestion of the camp and the surrounding hospital creates an overwrought atmosphere. Cohabitation of ISIS-fighter relatives and civilians repeatedly leads to altercations. Assaults on camp volunteers have also been reported.
Providing medical care for this great many people is a difficult task, which is aggravated by the fact that most inhabitants have a poor general state of health. Years of IS dominance and recurrent battles in the region have left the population exhausted and malnourished with a high child mortality rate and years without any medical attention. Construction of the field hospital will help to significantly improve this situation.
A two-step plan for the field hospital
In order to begin treating patients as quickly as possible the project will be implemented in a two-step fashion to gradually increase capacities.
In a first step, our partner organization will set up and run a smaller field hospital with medical supplies and materials provided by CADUS. At this facility, smaller surgical interventions are possible and up to 20 patients can receive treatment starting by mid-April. A member of our team is on site supporting and coordinating the project.
By the beginning of June, further material and medical supplies as well as additional medical personnel will arrive at the field hospital and the official handover to CADUS is planned for the beginning of July. Our small international team of volunteers will work with and train local personnel to sustainably ensure and improve medical care in the region that goes beyond our assignment.