Establishing A New Primary Healthcare Center in Southern Türkiye (Hilal Kent Camp 2)

This project promises to improve the healthcare and well-being of thousands of Syrian refugees in Hatay by providing accessible, comprehensive healthcare and psychosocial support.

As we move forward in our continuous efforts to support those impacted by the devastating earthquake that struck southern Türkiye last year, a promising development is taking shape on the Reyhanlı-Antakya road in Hatay. Here, the construction of a new health center at the “Hilal Kent 2” camp is underway, designed to provide essential primary healthcare services to the earthquake-affected families.

About the Project

The “Hilal Kent 2” camp is home to approximately 3,100 Syrian refugee families, totaling around 15,500 individuals who have been displaced by the earthquake. The new health center is projected to serve an estimated 17,000 people, ensuring that healthcare is accessible to both the camp residents and the surrounding community.

This project is a collaborative effort involving many esteemed parties including HiHFAD, the Turkish Ministry of Health in Hatay, the Governor of Hatay, and the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD). The timeline set for the completion of this essential infrastructure is by the end of June 2024.

Goals and Services Provided

The primary goal of this project is to construct a fully operational primary healthcare center that provides not only routine health services but also specialized medical care. The center will offer:

  • Regular primary healthcare consultations
  • Vaccination programs
  • Surgical operations
  • Dental care
  • Radiology services
  • Follow-ups for cancer cases
  • 24/7 emergency and ambulance services.

Operating hours will be from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on weekdays, ensuring that healthcare is both accessible and timely.

Enhanced Support Through Psychosocial Services

Understanding the profound impact that displacement and trauma can have on mental health, the center will also focus on providing comprehensive psychosocial support. This includes:

  • A dedicated area for mothers and children
  • Mental health education
  • Programs on healthy thinking
  • Primary psychological assistance
  • Recreational activities for children under five

These services are critical in building resilience among the refugee population, helping them to cope with the challenges they face and facilitating better integration into their new environment.

Phases of the Project

The project is divided into two main phases:

  1. Construction Phase: From January to June 2024, focusing on building and equipping the primary healthcare center.
  2. Operational Phase: From July to December 2024, during which psychosocial support services will be rolled out.

Partnership and Funding

The Turkish Health Directorate will provide the necessary medical staff to operate the center. Meanwhile, Hand in Hand for Aid and Development (HiHFAD) is committed to covering the costs associated with the psychosocial support services, including staffing and program implementation.

As construction progresses, the anticipation grows not only among the potential beneficiaries but also among all stakeholders involved. This health center is more than just a building; it is a beacon of hope, a testament to the resilience of the human spirit, and a crucial step towards healing and recovery for thousands of Syrian refugees in Hatay.

Stay tuned as we continue to update on the progress of this vital project, aiming to make a significant difference in the lives of many.