November 2016 was a dark month for the Independent Doctors Association, our children’s hospital in Eastern Aleppo was completely bombed out of existence. Devastated by this great atrocity, yet determined to continue to care for Aleppo’s children, we called on the global community for support.
In collaboration with CanDo we ran an emergency crowdfunding campaign called the People’s Convoy. Our shared goal was to rebuild a whole new children’s hospital in a safe area of North Aleppo.
Incredibly, the global community answered our call and, in just 12 days, 38 different organisations and over 5,000 people from around the world raised over £245,000 to set up the world’s first crowdfunded hospital.
This act of generosity restored faith among our team, so we named this symbol of human kindness Hope Hospital.
Providing light in the darkness
Based in rural North Aleppo, Hope Hospital serves a local population of 170,000, of which an estimated 32% are children under the age of 12 years, like two-year-old Zaloukh who received emergency treatment due to a dangerous complication caused by diabetes.
It’s incredible to think human generosity has kept this beacon of hope shining for a year, when there isn’t another children’s hospital for miles. However, if we can’t crowdfund enough money to keep Hope Hospital open, local children like Zaloukh will be forced to travel 50 km, on rough roads, to the nearest medical facility, or worse receive no treatment at all and needlessly suffer.
To keep their loved ones safe, families may be forced to relocate, yet again, to locations where medical care is available.
Continue to support brave Nurse Malak
Nurse Malak used to tend to premature babies at the special care baby unit in Eastern Aleppo, before it was destroyed. Just two months after Hope Hospital was opened, Nurse Malak and our team, conducted a full blood exchange (similar to a blood transfusion) on 4-day old baby Mustafa. It was the first time this type of life-saving procedure was performed at Hope Hospital.
“It was a remarkable achievement. We were able to secure the blood and carry out the surgical work in Syria, without the need for the child and his mother to go all the way to Turkey,” Nurse Malak explains.
Throw out a direct lifeline
In the last 3 months, Hope Hospital has treated 120 children who’ve been severely injured by undetonated shells. Our team act fast to stop the bleeding and stabilise the children’s condition, before they are transferred to Turkey for specialist care. Your contribution will directly empower the doctors and nurses responding to these horrific injuries.
Keeping Hope alive together
In just one year our medical team have treated over 16,400 children, provided 47,700 consultations, and tackled 444 emergencies.
The collective action of the global community has alleviated the suffering of children and saved their lives, put smiles on parents' faces, and restored our doctors’ and nurses’ faith in humanity.
We need to raise £68,000 to fund Hope Hospital for a further two months. It’s ambitious but we believe we are capable of achieving this if we come together. For as little as £8, you have the power to impact the wellbeing of a child. Please help us keep the light of Hope on. Thank you.