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Mobile Hospital Homs, Syria

In 2013, Dorcas sent its first mobile hospital, the hosptainer to Homs (Syria). Since than thousands of people have been treated in the Hospitrailer, the mobile hospital in Homs, Syria. Many of the patients are victims of the civil war, that destroyed half of the hospitals in this country.  Thirty percent of the remaining hospitals can no longer provide the necessary care, for medical equipment and electricity are lacking. Dorcas, Cordaid, the Syrian Ministry of Health Care and the company Hospitainer funded the mobile hospital.

A short video about the Homs mobile hospital: 

The programme in Syria is coordinated from Dorcas’ offices in Lebanon. ‘This is how we are able to reach displaced persons who live in relatively safe areas of Syria as well as people who are trapped in active war zones,’ explained Dorcas Programme Coordinator  Liesbeth Marije Hoogland.

‘Grateful’

One year after the mobile hospital started its operations, Dorcas Director Michel Gendi visited Syria. ‘The situation in Syria is devastating,’ said Michel. ‘Everything is destroyed.’ It’s almost unthinkable that people are capable of doing this.’ He visited several projects with Mother Agnes of the partner organisation. ‘We are grateful to have St. James the Mutilated Monastery as our partner in Syria. She looks after refugees and IDPs, and she  talks with the rebels as well as with the government representatives.’

Young and old

Nearly 11,000 patients were treated in the Hospitrailer in 2014, including 1,489 surgeries. Young and old came to the Hospitrailer to be operated. An 82-year-old mean with skin cancer as well as cardiopulmonary problems could only be treated with local anaesthesia because of this combination. The hospital in his home town could not perform the surgery. He travelled 50 kilometres to the Hospitrailer for a successful procedure. An 18-month-old baby with cancer was brought in and could be operated successfully. A 60-year-old woman travelled 100 kilometres to be operated on a hernia. Many babies were born in the Hospitrailer, even premature twins. The ‘success stories’ are endless.