JERUSALEM* HOSPITAL, SYRIA
We have vision to build a 200 bed not for profit hospital in Syria with a focus on critical care. It will provide a high level of specialist intensive care services in additional to emergency care and other general medical and surgical services.
It will be a teaching hospital equipped and staffed to a standard that we can train doctors and nurses with the skills and knowledge needed to provide the highest level of intensive care services in Syria. As an estimated 2 out of 3 healthcare professionals have fled Syria, the medical profession lacks specialist experience to teach and equip the next generation of medics.
Specialists are needed in Syria and our efforts will be focused on training the new generation of doctors and nurses while they are studying in addition to developing the skills of the medical professionals who have chosen to stay and serve their people during this crisis. These professionals need hospitals with good resources and equipment that can offer them a career and a future. Most importantly, a reason to stay and be part of the solution to the crisis in Syria.
The ordinary people in Syria also need hope that they can access medical care in their darkest and most vulnerable moments, when other hospitals in the area close their doors to the poorest and most desperate.
We have purchased land in a safer zone on the outskirts of a city which has seen a great deal of conflict, but this pocket has remained untouched. This general area is the calmest it has been since the start of the conflict and it is ideally situated in Syria to be accessible to people from other areas of the country who need critical care.
It will serve an area where an estimated 1 million people are served by just four private hospitals. Those private hospitals only treat patients who can pay for their care upfront, which is not an option for most in a country where 85% of the population are now living in poverty.
As things currently stand, people in Syria needing specialist care who can afford to are increasingly seeking this in neighbouring countries as they cannot trust or rely on the care available inside Syria now. But this option is only available to a select few.
* We don't expose the names of the hospitals, to protect our medical teams and facilities