A Year of Hope
If you’ve been keeping up with CanDo, you may know it’s been a year since we launched the People’s Convoy, to rebuild a children’s hosptial in Syria.
It exists thanks to the generosity of people from all over the world, from all walks of life, and was named Hope Hospital to pay tribute to this triumph of humanity.
Since it opened its doors there have been some highs and lows, but through all the challenges of hospital life, one thing remains constant: the amazing dedication of the doctors, nurses and aid workers of the Independent Doctors Association (IDA).
We’re proud to work in partnership with the IDA, and plan to connect the CanDo community to more vital crowdfunding campaigns on their behalf — we’ll keep you posted!
For now we’d love to show you what a year of hope looks like.
The People’s Convoy reaches Syria
Did you know that this was the seventh time the children’s hospital was rebuilt? After the previous hospital was bombed out of existence, the People’s Convoy campaign was launched.
Amazingly, in just over 2 weeks, 38 organisations and almost 5,000 people around the world, raised enough money to rebuild and run the hospital for 3 months.
Our team drove a lorry loaded with vital medical supplies over 2,500 miles from London to the Syrian border. Our CEO and founder Dr Rola Hallam arrived on Christmas eve to handover the crowdfunded cargo, along with hundreds of messages of support and solidarity.
A sign goes up
A lot of work went into transforming the building. The team fitted an ER department, constructed an outpatient and waiting area, connected a clean water supply to the centre of the building — the list continues.
Hurray for a hospital first!
Nurse Malek and the team with a 4-day old baby
Just one month after the hospital doors opened the team carried out a full blood exchange (a procedure which is similar to a blood transfusion) on a four-day old baby boy.
It was the first time this complicated procedure had been done at the hospital, it took five medics three hours to complete — we’re over the moon it was a success!
Repairing little lungs
A child is treated for hypothermia and pneumonia
Hope Hospital regularly treats critically ill children with chest infections. In fact during the months of June and July 1,550 children were diagnosed with respiratory infections.
This two-year-old came to Hope Hospital suffering with a terrible cough, as well as hypothermia. She was diagnosed with pneumonia and given an antibiotic treatment for seven days, to help her get well.
Providing the best start
A newborn rests in an incubator
CanDo believes that healthcare is a fundamental human right, and that begins from birth.
From April to August last year 1,394 children under the age of one visited Hope Hospital.
Medical staff prepare treatment
Hope Hospital is kitted out with a special care baby unit to look after premature and sick newborns. The room features seven incubators, as well as two intensive phototherapy units — which are used to treat babies with jaundice.
Brave souls save lives
A member of the team attends a young patient
It’s the commitment of the selfless staff at Hope Hospital that keeps it going. Along with the pediatricians, nurses, and trainee nurses, there are other equally vital people like the laboratory technicians, and the pharmacist who work there.
Nourishing the local community
A child is assessed for malnutrition
Hope Hospital has its own malnutrition clinic that’s been up and running since June, two doctors and five nurses help make children healthy again. By December the clinic had treated 1002 cases.
A young patient is examined
Hope hospital is the only specialist children’s hospital in the area. It’s been a vital lifeline providing in-patient, outpatient and 24-hour emergency care, serving of population of 170,000 people.
Here’s to a hopeful future
We recently received the uplifting news that the Independent Doctors Association have attached a new maternity unit to their hospital, helping to deliver 50 newborns already.
It’s inspiring to think of what we’re capable of when we all come together. To all the CanDoers who were involved in rebuilding Hope Hospital — we simply cannot express our gratitude enough.
What will we achieve together next? Keep an eye on our platform for our latest crowdfunding campaigns.