Hospital serving 72 thousand people in Southern Idlib closes due to lack of support
Idlib - SMART
The management of the al-Ikhlas hospital In the village of Shanan, 26 kilometers south of Idlib city, Northern Syria, appealed to humanitarian and relief organizations to support the hospital, which serves 72 thousand people.
On Tuesday, Zuhair Qarat, the hospital director told SMART that the Syria Relief Organization stopped funding the hospital at the end of last month due to the decision of the US donor, World Vision to stop funding health sector programs in Northern Syria.
The Syria Relief Organization stopped its support for the hospital even though the US renewed its support for international and local humanitarian organizations responsible for providing services in the Idlib governorate after a three-month suspension.
Zuhair Qarat added that the hospital provides services to about 75 thousand people from the surrounding villages, which is the only pediatric and women's clinic in the region that has an internal surgery clinic. The nearest hospital is about 12 kilometers from the village.
The hospital director also noted that the number of daily beneficiaries of the hospital's services ranges between 150 to 180 children and women. Medicine and medical tests are provided free of charge to patients.
Zuhair Qarat noted that the remaining resources are sufficient only to operate the hospital until the end of the month and they are currently working voluntarily without salaries. Eventually, the management will need to stop working and close the hospital.
On March 17, 2017, Syrian government forces aerial bombardment forced the hospital out of service, injuring three hospital staff and two reviewers.
Humanitarian organizations, in cooperation with local councils in areas outside of Syrian government control in Northern Syria, are implementing a number of service, development and humanitarian projects, despite poor resources and lack of funding. These conditions have led to the cessation of a number of projects in FDP camps.