A JOINTLY CONDUCTED FIELD TRIP TO SYRIA NORTHWEST WITH OUR KEY PARTNER MALTESER INTERNATIONAL

Field visits are one of our main duties and vital tools to keep us informed of the dire situation in northwest Syria and allow us to effectively supervise the emergency aid we provide on the ground, in collaboration with our esteemed partners and donors.

Sadly, it is still imperative to establish a regular advocacy campaign and multilevel efforts in order to obtain the most basic human rights for the people in northwest Syria such as safety, protection, health care, food, and education.

This is unthinkable for the majority of countries around the world but unfortunately, still the harsh reality in Syria!

Human rights are not up for negotiation!

It was a pleasure to have the senior management of our key partner on the ground Malteser International join the HiHFAD administration team on a field trip to Northwest Syria on Wednesday 27 July. The field trip was focused on visiting several facilities and central medical warehouses, as well as witnessing the current circumstances of the people living there, in order to achieve strengthening and improvement of the response.

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THE NEW CONSTRUCTION OF KALBEED PHC HAS OPENED ITS DOORS TO SERVE THE SYRIAN PEOPLE IN THE NORTHWEST REGION.

Since 2017, Kalbeed Center has provided comprehensive and integrated primary health care services to about 15 camps and residential compounds in Idlib’s northern countryside, making it one of the most important PHC facilities in the region. As the number of displaced people in northwestern Syria increased, it was essential to strengthen and expand the scope of health care. The HIHFAD just opened a new integrated facility with the goal of improving the quality of medical services.

The new centre includes 14 rooms, improving its capacity to treat patients with the most serious health needs, whether they are IDPs or HCs, resulting in better access to life-saving primary health care from qualified medical personnel. It also serves about 3300 people every month from the Kalbeed and surrounding camps, including displaced people of various genders (men, women, and children), as well as people with impairments.

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Many services are provided at the center, including internal medicine clinics, gynecological and reproductive health clinic services for gynecological treatment diseases, monitoring malnutrition instances, and monitoring cases of malnutrition in children and pregnant, lactating women under the supervision of a nutritionist, as well as delivering community health education, Psychosocial support services to the most vulnerable groups, such as children, adolescents, and people with disabilities, in order to alleviate their suffering.

Also, there are treatment and follow-up services for patients with chronic diseases (hypertension, diabetes, asthma, etc.) in addition to writing the monthly prescription for their medications and nursing services, additionally, the center contains ambulance services that are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, lab unit services and referral system to other hospitals.

WOMEN IN THE FIELD: THE PRESSURE TO PRODUCE.

Besides the vulnerability induced by war and difficult conditions, the possibility of assaults and violations, and the general pressures of international misogyny, many women face massive pressure to live a more conventional life.

The Mind Field Platform holds a panel discussion via Zoom conference on the subject of WOMEN IN THE FIELD: THE PRESSURE TO PRODUCE with the participation of experienced speakers including Mrs. Wafa Alrakhtawan -the HIHFAD health programme officer- who will present an overview of Syrian women’s suffering over the previous decade.

Date & Time: WEDNESDAY, March 30, 2022 / 3:00 pm CET, 9:00 am EST

RSVP Link: https://forms.gle/bwN9vxQ1othK1f866   

For more details, please do not hesitate to contact accounting@themindfield.world.

The HIHFAD Country Director's Participation in the EU Humanitarian Forum: Delivering Better Together – Diaspora Actors and The Humanitarian Ecosystem

Research on and engagement with diasporas has shown that diaspora organizations are multi-sectoral, fast responding actors who work transnationally, supporting their countries of origin. Having a connection and understanding of their country of origin or heritage and local context plays a vital role in humanitarian assistance where diaspora organizations often are part of the first response in the aftermath of a disaster.

They are also key actors when it comes to raising the alarm in times of crisis. Supporting diaspora as part of a broader humanitarian ecosystem play a key role in humanitarian responses and contributes to a better delivery by increasing the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of humanitarian responses. This talk will present the key findings and lessons learned from DEMAC case studies and real-time reviews of diaspora humanitarianism: who are diaspora humanitarian organizations? and what are key added values of diaspora actors and their humanitarian responses?

Within his speech, Mr. Fadi Al-Diri (The HIHFAD CD) was discussed the challenges that diaspora organizations face in terms of interaction with the communities they belong to and how they use social media platforms to communicate with them. However, he highlighted the vast needs and the difficulties of meeting every people’s requirements which is coincides with shifts in donor priorities and interests. “We aim to influence this by obtaining particular demands via private contributions and highlighting the importance of satisfying urgent needs while striking a balance between development and emergency response,” he said.

Watch the full session by clicking on the image below!

AN EXCITING NEW PARTNERSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT

The crisis in Syria is too large for any one organization, thus working in partnership and collaboration is crucial. 

We are so proud to announce our new partnership with SAB – Souriyat Across Borders 

Teamwork, collaboration and partnerships are vital to the success of our work in Syria.

STRIVING TIRELESSLY TO SAVE WHAT REMAINS FROM THE FUTURE!

Following increased violence and bombardments in the region, Fatima was forced to flee Abu al-Duhur district in Idlib province with her husband and six children to pursue a safer and more stable place. Her trip to displacement was challenging and complex; particularly, she has a middle son who has had a movement disability since birth that needs special care.

However, she tried to settle in the Idlib camps, but the security situation there was unstable, so she moved to the Zaytoun camp near Azaz city, in the Aleppo countryside. Her husband used to work as a barber. Unfortunately, he could not get his equipment out due to their hurried evacuation because of the bombing. Fatima strives tirelessly to ensure that her children have a promising future.

Fatima’s family spend most of their days relying on humanitarian aid and hope that they will soon be able to return home and her husband gets work, even if it’s only a small barbershop job, to live independently and meet their necessities. HIHFAD, in partnership with the Japan Platform, provides hygiene kits, solid waste disposal, water supply, hygiene promotion, and prefabricated latrines services to Fatima’s family and 3,600 other displaced families in ten camps throughout Idlib and Azaz. 

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Thursday 4th of July: Statement regarding the 3rd attack on Kofr Nobol hospital in Idlib, Syria

It is with astonishment and disappointment that we inform you of the 3rd attack on our surgical hospital in the Idlib province in north west Syria. This is the second time in 8 weeks that our hospital – which has been registered through the deconfliction mechanism as a humanitarian facility – has been a direct target of airborne missiles. The attack took place today, 4th of July, 2 months to the day after the last attack, and the hospital sustained not one but two offensives: the first carried out by military helicopters at 14:52 and the second coming just short of an hour later at 15:40 from Air to Surface Missiles. The attacks were directed at the entrance of the hospital and HIHFAD have had to suspend all services.

Since the start of May, we have witnessed a worrying rise in attacks on the area which has in turn driven a sharp increase in the number of internally displaced people who have been forced to evacuate to areas further in the north. These strategic acts of war are suffocating the local services and traumatising civilian populations who are running out of areas to flee to.

HIHFAD are extremely worried by this attack and fear that the effectiveness of the deconfliction mechanisms put in place to protect health facilities has become inept. We call on the international community to place pressure on the governments and leaders responsible and for international humanitarian actors to hold all parties accountable for their actions. The brazenness of this attack comes days after OCHA published a campaign claiming that the world is watching the attacks in Syria and that civilians are not a target.

We will share more information as it becomes available and appreciate the support and solidarity of our followers and the international community.

Syrian Hospital Bombed for the second time in 15 months as attacks on civilians in Idlib Escalate

The Kofr Nobol hospital in Idlib, Syria came under sustained attack today, suffering at least six direct aerial hits at 17.25 local time, reports the British NGO Hand in Hand for Aid and Development (HIHFAD) which operates the facility. There have been at least two deaths and the hospital has sustained significant damage.

The hospital serves over one million people in the Idlib province of Syria, providing essential services including surgical and reproductive health services for a population impacted by war. The hospital, the only surgical hospital in a 50km radius, was operating in a below ground ‘safe underground space/cave’ as the four story above ground hospital was completely destroyed in intense air strikes in February 2018.

“We are stunned and devastated for our team on the ground and the population who rely on this hospital” says Fadi Al-Dairi, Syria Country Director. “To be attacked twice in just over a year is incomprehensible. On both occasions the hospital was deconflicted with all parties to the conflict, meaning it has been identified as a humanitarian entity and so should be excluded as a military target”.

“Deliberately targeting medical facilities is a violation of international humanitarian law and human rights. The cynicism involved in launching this attack on the first day of our blessed month of Ramadan is beyond words. We ask ourselves what more suffering the population of Syria needs to endure before the world takes action. We rebuilt the hospital after the attack last year. We will rebuild again. Nothing will stop us providing essential medical services to the civilian population of Idlib who have already suffered so much during the past eight years of war.”

For footage of the attacks and the aftermath see here.