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#NotATarget - HIHFAD is a leading provider of healthcare in Northern Syria

Systematic targeting of medical facilities and ambulances, has resulted in more than half of all public medical facilities being forced to close, or rendered useless in Syria. The medical sector in Syria is in a deep crisis. Doctors have fled or been killed in targeted attacks. Only a limited number of hospitals remain open; all struggling with shortages in supplies and constant airstrikes and only able to offer basic services. At the same time hundreds of thousands of people in Syria are suffering the complex physical and mental traumas of war, requiring specialist treatment without access to medical care. 70% of our work in Syria is in the health sector. Over the years we have built and run eight hospitals. In addition, we have provided medication and medical equipment to more than 13 hospitals, 21 primary health centres and 10 medical points in Syria. We facilitated the provision of over 80 ambulances from the UK empowering the paramedic emergency response inside Syria.

We are currently facing an extreme funding crisis in our hospital in Kafr Nobol. Please see the press release below:

On 8 October 2018 HIHFAD received the unexpected and devastating news that our donor has stopped funding our surgical hospital in Kafr Nobol, effective immediately.

This puts the running of a hospital, the only advanced trauma and surgical hospital in a 50km radius, serving an immediate community of 350,000 people and a wider community of one and a half million people, in extreme jeopardy.

With only very limited unrestricted public funds HIHFAD cannot afford to keep the hospital running for more than a month. Emergency talks with a second donor has secured gap funding until the end of December, but without a major cash injection before January 2019, the future of the hospital is perilous.

Kafr Nobol Surgical Hospital in Idlib is unique. The building includes an underground facility allowing for safe and uninterruptable services, even under heavy airstrikes. That facility was put to the test on February 2018 when the hospital was hit by four targeted airstrikes. The airstrikes destroyed the hospital above ground but the underground hospital survived intact and ensured no staff member or patient was injured in the attack.

Our team on the ground worked hard to get the facility running again and now the hospital continues to perform more than 200 major surgeries each month, in addition to 1,500 trauma emergency services and 120 minor surgeries, as well as 3,500 outpatient consultations. In addition, the hospital serves approximately 50 patients a month in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and is open 24 hours for emergency cases. Moreover, the Dialysis unit with its 5 machines, hosts an average of 225 dialysis sessions per month. The hospital has three fully equipped surgery rooms, 32 inpatient wards, ICU, Radiography unit with C arm, CT Scan, X rays, laboratory, pharmacy, warehouses, 4 outpatients’ clinics, and two emergency rooms.

The hospital survived the airstrikes and we will survive this funding crisis. But we need your help. The estimated annual operation cost of the hospital is 1,200,00USD, or 100,000USD a month. With an estimated 58,000 beneficiaries and 133,400 procedures per year, this works out at an average cost of USD20.70 per beneficiary or USD9 per procedure.


Your contributions towards our medical relief projects will enable us to save countless lives, and to continue to provide free health care & treatment to the injured and sick inside Syria. Donate Now!


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