Partner: Hand in Hand

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Hand in Hand

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    The fundraising stage

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    Funds raised successfully

    Great news! The campaign reached its target and plans are now being made to put the donations to good use.

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    Project in progress

    The local humanitarian organisation is now using the funds it has raised to provide crucial on-the-ground support to local communities.

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    Another successful project

    Thanks! Your kind support has helped this local humanitarian organisation to reduce suffering and save lives in a war-torn community.

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Medics on the Move

Our hospital in Idlib was just bombed to the ground. So we're bringing hospitals to the people instead. Support our campaign to provide mobile health centres for people in Idlib's camps. #Rise4Idlib
  • goal of

    £30,000

  • Expired on

    29/05/2019

funds raised

    • 100%

    • (£0 remaining)

Yes! We did it! Thank you.

for the community of

Northwest Syria

Story

"Our hospital was bombed to the ground. So we'll bring the hospital to the people."

On Sunday 5th May, the eve of Ramadan, our hospital in Kafr Nobol, Idlib was destroyed in a targeted attack killing two patients and injuring 10s more. The hospital was operating as an underground (‘Cave’) hospital after the overground hospital above it was wiped out by airstrikes in 2018.  We hoped it would be safe underground.  It was decimated.

As the fighting intensifies, the need for hospital services grows ever more  acute – as IDPs - people forced abandoned their homes quickly and in terror to avoid the attacks – move into the area.   

Many are now living without shelter or crammed into community buildings, without access to adequate care. Among those who have fled are pregnant women, newborns, patients requiring treatment of chronic conditions, and those with fresh wounds sustained as innocent bystanders to  the conflict they are fleeing. 

Mobile clinics are  a last resort, used only when all other means of providing healthcare are exhausted. The situation in Idlib is beyond the last resort.  With our hospital and several others  destroyed and the number of people needing treatment rising, they are our best option for providing essential medical services.. 

Unfortunately this type of situation is not new to us. HiHFAD have run mobile clinics in extreme conditions before. We can get vehicles and teams together quickly, reaching people and providing access to healthcare by meeting people where they are. 

Our doctors and nurses will diagnose patients, treat those we can and refer patients with severe needs to the closest hospitals still standing. Our midwives will support pregnant women and new mothers at this most crucial time. 

"Nothing will stop us providing essential medical services to the civilian[s]… who have already suffered so much during the past eight years of war” - Fadi Al-Dairi, Syria country director


 

What you need to know

What are mobile clinics and why use them?:

You can watch our video showing the difference a mobile clinic can make to people living in camps.

Our funding target:

With over 152,000 newly displaced people to support, we are working to provide aid to as many people as we possibly can with your generous support. The situation on the ground is changing day to day and as such, if campaigns do not reach their targets - or should we raise more money than is needed for this emergency appeal - we will use ours and our partners’ expertise to discern how to reallocate funds where they are needed most. In either case, contributors will be informed where this money is being spent and why.

Distribution of funds:

Due to the urgency, CanDo has agreed to release funds directly to partners for the specific emergency on a weekly basis based on assessment of needs.

How else can I help: 

There are many ways you can use your voice to make a difference:

Convince two other people to support the campaign and you’ll treble your impact

Share our message and our campaign to #Rise4Idlib tagging journalists, media outlets and socially-conscious celebrities to help raise awareness of the atrocities happening and the need for the international community to respond

Our budget

 

£12,650.00

Staff costs (1 doctor, 1 midwife, 2 nurses, 1 driver, 1 assistant per clinic)

 

£14,840.00

Clinic Supplies (medicine, medical consumables, clinic fuel and supplies)

 

£310.00

Mobile Vehicle Maintenance

 

£2,200.00

Hand In Hand Operational Costs (Financial monitoring, admin, reporting etc)

Updates

30/09/2020

28/11/2019

Winter is Coming!

After a very busy summer with waves upon waves of displaced people being pushed further north, our teams have seen thousands of patients, both in the general clinic and the women's clinic. The initial intention had been to staff 2 mobile clinics, but our team realised that more people would be reached through 1 clinic providing both mobile services and home/camp visits. Initially expecting to treat around 9,000 patients, our team have treated 12,000 to date! 12 camps have been reached with our services, which has included general practice consultations, as well as more specialised and complex care including women's health and non-communicable diseases. In the last month alone, 2407 patients have been seen, with 489 of those being within the women's clinic. Thank you for committing to help those who have been pushed into camps, as your contributions have been tangibly supporting and caring for those who have needed it most.

16/08/2019

Our Medics Keep Moving!

Our Medics have just received some new ambulances to their fleet, and their presence has now increased throughout the camps around Deir Hassan. Grandparents, children and those with limited mobility are now able to be treated closer to their tents. This month, our team have treated over 2,500 individuals so far and it's thanks to your support that we have managed to reach all these people- thank you! Here are some pictures that we had sent in from the field team earlier this week:

09/07/2019

Emergency Response Continues

The situation in North West Syria has been escalating in severity since May, and the population have taken great strain. Much of Northern Hama and Southern Idlib have seen vast numbers of people flee to the north in hope of finding safety (estimated numbers are now just shy of half a million people). Two camps have taken the majority of new arrivals, even though both were considered full months ago. We have focused our efforts in one of these camps, Deir Hassan, as it has the least support thus leaving the population of mainly women, children and the elderly hugely vulnerable. Over 4,500 patients were seen in the month of June, and almost a quarter of those were for the reproductive health clinic. Your support of this project is ensuring that mothers, babies, and grandparents living in crowded tents can still access healthcare and for that we are extremely grateful! Make sure to follow our social media for our most up to date news

31/05/2019

We Did It! Our Medics are Staying on the Move - Thanks to You!!!

From the teams both on the ground in Northwest Syria and in our offices in Turkey, we would like to say a huge, heartfelt thank you to every single donor who has contributed to this campaign! We will continue to share updates of how our teams are managing, and now that we have funding secured, we can and will continue to serve the IDPs evacuating the attacks in Idlib. Thank you so much again, and please be sure to follow our social media for our most up to date information.

29/05/2019

Yeah, we did it!

With the help of all the donors, we have reach the target! Thank you so much.

29/05/2019

Committed to our Staff during Intensified Attacks

It has been devastating for our staff both in Turkey and in Syria to watch the escalation of violence in and around Idlib. The recent increase of attacks has led to the number of Internally Displaced People rising to over 400,000- with many seeking safety in the rural areas to the north west of Idlib. These air strikes have been particularly painful as many of our staff live in the areas under fire. Mohammad - one of our employees - who has been with us since 2015 and began as an employee in two of our hospitals before moving to work in distributions, had his home targeted just over a week ago. His wife and young daughter were inside and tragically, his wife was killed. We grieve with him as he tries to juggle caring for his injured daughter and mourning the loss of his wife. HiHFAD reached an agreement with current donors to continue paying wages through this difficult period, as we commit to the care of our staff as our staff have always been committed to us. Thank you for standing with our staff and supporting them as they provide crucial care to those injured and displaced. - the Hand in Hand team

09/05/2019

We're getting started!

We've just reach the first five donations. Can we count with your help?

08/05/2019

Campaign Started

Comments

Comments

Thu, 28/11/2019 - 20:11

After a very busy summer with waves upon waves of displaced people being pushed further north, our teams have seen thousands of patients, both in the general clinic and the women's clinic. The initial intention had been to staff 2 mobile clinics, but our team realised that more people would be reached through 1 clinic providing both mobile services and home/camp visits. Initially expecting to treat around 9,000 patients, our team have treated 12,000 to date! 12 camps have been reached with our services, which has included general practice consultations, as well as more specialised and complex care including women's health and non-communicable diseases. In the last month alone, 2407 patients have been seen, with 489 of those being within the women's clinic.

Thank you for committing to help those who have been pushed into camps, as your contributions have been tangibly supporting and caring for those who have needed it most.

Fri, 16/08/2019 - 17:57

Our Medics have just received some new ambulances to their fleet, and their presence has now increased throughout the camps around Deir Hassan. Grandparents, children and those with limited mobility are now able to be treated closer to their tents. This month, our team have treated over 2,500 individuals so far and it's thanks to your support that we have managed to reach all these people- thank you! Here are some pictures that we had sent in from the field team earlier this week:

Tue, 09/07/2019 - 12:45

The situation in North West Syria has been escalating in severity since May, and the population have taken great strain. Much of Northern Hama and Southern Idlib have seen vast numbers of people flee to the north in hope of finding safety (estimated numbers are now just shy of half a million people). Two camps have taken the majority of new arrivals, even though both were considered full months ago. We have focused our efforts in one of these camps, Deir Hassan, as it has the least support thus leaving the population of mainly women, children and the elderly hugely vulnerable. Over 4,500 patients were seen in the month of June, and almost a quarter of those were for the reproductive health clinic. Your support of this project is ensuring that mothers, babies, and grandparents living in crowded tents can still access healthcare and for that we are extremely grateful! Make sure to follow our social media for our most up to date news

Fri, 31/05/2019 - 13:43

From the teams both on the ground in Northwest Syria and in our offices in Turkey, we would like to say a huge, heartfelt thank you to every single donor who has contributed to this campaign!

We will continue to share updates of how our teams are managing, and now that we have funding secured, we can and will continue to serve the IDPs evacuating the attacks in Idlib.

Thank you so much again, and please be sure to follow our social media for our most up to date information.

Wed, 29/05/2019 - 10:07

It has been devastating for our staff both in Turkey and in Syria to watch the escalation of violence in and around Idlib. The recent increase of attacks has led to the number of Internally Displaced People rising to over 400,000- with many seeking safety in the rural areas to the north west of Idlib.

These air strikes have been particularly painful as many of our staff live in the areas under fire. Mohammad - one of our employees - who has been with us since 2015 and began as an employee in two of our hospitals before moving to work in distributions, had his home targeted just over a week ago. His wife and young daughter were inside and tragically, his wife was killed. We grieve with him as he tries to juggle caring for his injured daughter and mourning the loss of his wife. HiHFAD reached an agreement with current donors to continue paying wages through this difficult period, as we commit to the care of our staff as our staff have always been committed to us. Thank you for standing with our staff and supporting them as they provide crucial care to those injured and displaced. - the Hand in Hand team

Tue, 28/05/2019 - 13:57

Rudimental got me here, thank you for doing the work that you do.

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Sat, 25/05/2019 - 13:56

Thank you for your work, you are in my prayers. God bless you!

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Wed, 22/05/2019 - 12:15

You're doing a great job in a bad situation. Good luck!

Fri, 17/05/2019 - 14:47

Thank you so much for the amazing response so far. In a little over a week, we have reached over 68% of our target, more than £20,000, and have mobile clinics operating already.

You are showing the people of Idlib that they have not been forgotten and that help is at hand. Over the past 20 days, 19 medical facilities have been bombed which has left thousands without critical services. Whilst many wait in vain for international powers to respond, we have taken matters into our own hands by taking our clinic services to those who need it most!

This week, the clinic has been operating in Deir Hassan camp and has treated over 500 individuals. We have also had a positive response to the reproductive health clinic we are providing alongside and within the mobile clinic, with over 60 visits this week.

We cannot thank you enough for the support you are offering Syrian communities caught up in the conflict, and we really hope that we will reach our goal with just under 2 weeks to go. - the Hand in Hand team

Tue, 14/05/2019 - 08:15

Can't make Mary Kenny's fundraiser but it's done the trick by prompting Tana Wollen and I to each support this campaign.

Sun, 12/05/2019 - 19:26

Governments of the world’s elf may have neglected you but the people of the world will not.

Fri, 10/05/2019 - 18:54

Couldn’t make Mary Kenny’s fundraiser so very happy to make a direct donation

Dina Khalifa Prior's picture
Thu, 09/05/2019 - 09:33

Wishing the wonderful staff at hand in hand all the best during the challenging time x

Christy's picture
Wed, 08/05/2019 - 22:01

Thank you so much for the brave work you're doing. You are true heroes and I'm proud to support you

CanDoers

53 CanDoers from 5 countries
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Top countries supporting this campaign

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N/A 40 CanDoers
United Kingdom 10 CanDoers
Greece 1 CanDoer
Sweden 1 CanDoer
United Arab Emirates 1 CanDoer

Impact

Mobile clinics are a last resort, used only when all other means of providing healthcare are exhausted. This is the case in Idlib, Northern Syria. With their hospital destroyed and the number of people needing treatment rising as more and more people were forced to leave their homes and move into camps and temporary accommodation, they were Hand in Hand’s best option for providing essential medical services. They were able to get vehicles and teams together quickly and reach people wherever they were, often in hard to reach places.

Mobile clinics are a last resort, used only when all other means of providing healthcare are exhausted. This is the case in Idlib, Northern Syria. With their hospital destroyed and the number of people needing treatment rising as more and more people were forced to leave their homes and move into camps and temporary accommodation, they were Hand in Hand’s best option for providing essential medical services. They were able to get vehicles and teams together quickly and reach people wherever they were, often in hard to reach places.

Campaign Aims

 

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To operate a mobile clinic in the Der Hassan camps providing free access to primary health services


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To especially support the influx of newly displaced people from southern Idleb who have recently been forced to move into the area due to the impact of conflict there

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As well as general clinical services, to have a midwife on the team to deliver much needed maternity care to women.

 

The Impact By Numbers

 

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15,763
Consultations


 

The Impact By Numbers

 

15,763
Consultations


5,458 of these being for women, 8,588 for children and 1,717 men.

12
Camps


12 camps reached by the mobile clinic.

4
Clinicians


The team was comprised of one doctor, a midwife, two nurses and an assistant

12
Camps


4
Clinicians


The project's impact in just one story...

 

“Fuda” is 60 years old and was recently displaced with her family from Hama countryside to the north. They are currently living in a small tent. As is easy to imaine, life is hard and living conditions are very hard. Fuda suffers from diabetes and needs insulin. She was also struggling with chest inflammation accompanied by a continuous cough, but she is able to visit the medical centres as they are too far away for her to travel to. She described how she worried about how to get her medicine and treatment. The mobile clinic was able to reach her in Kalbit and provided free insulin, as well as care and treatment for her cough. Her inflammation is healing and her diabetes is now under control - mostly she feels cared for and that she is important.

The project's impact in just one story...

“Fuda” is 60 years old and was recently displaced with her family from Hama countryside to the north. They are currently living in a small tent. As is easy to imaine, life is hard and living conditions are very hard. Fuda suffers from diabetes and needs insulin. She was also struggling with chest inflammation accompanied by a continuous cough, but she is able to visit the medical centres as they are too far away for her to travel to. She described how she worried about how to get her medicine and treatment. The mobile clinic was able to reach her in Kalbit and provided free insulin, as well as care and treatment for her cough. Her inflammation is healing and her diabetes is now under control - mostly she feels cared for and that she is important.

 

Some Key Wins

 

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Reacting quickly to the extreme increase in the number of people living in the area who desperately needed medical attention and adapting their project to have just one more efficient mobile clinic.

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Having planned to treat 9,000 patients, the team had already treated 12,000 people at the end of November.


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Receiving positive feedback from all of the patients they saw over the 6 month period.

 

Campaign Outcome: Success!

 

With the support of 53 wonderful CanDoers, Hand in Hand raised 100% of their £30,000 target. The success of this project has lead them to want to continue and keep treating people with their mobile clinic. Watch this space…

Campaign Outcome: Success!

27 CanDoers from around the world raised £10,000 to support children - at just £22.50 per kit - to be the kids they were before the bombs started falling around them.