Hospitrailer for Homs-Syria

In the summer of 2013 the refugee-flow in and outside Syria reached a new disastrous low point. Over two million Syrians fled across the national borders and internally more than 6 million people were displaced.

Homs is one of the epicenters of violence and Mother Agnes together with Cordaid, the Syrian Red Cross, Dorcas and Hospitainer are committed to serving these refugees and victims of the war.

At the end of 2013’s summer, a Hospitrailer was therefore sent to Homs-Syria. This clinic consisted of a 40 ft container installed on the trailer of a truck. Inside, an operation- and recovery room were built as well as a sterilization area.

Furthermore the facility was equipped with a generator, (waste) water tanks, air conditioning/heating and of course instruments and medicines to cover more than 2,000 operations on an annual basis.

Because of continuous fighting and the American threat of bombing Syria after the poison gas attacks, it was at first not possible to install the trailer next to the University building that was supposed to function as a ward.

Nevertheless, in the fall of 2013 the trailer was finally put into operation and people started to find their way to the clinic. In December the first baby was born through caesarean section. Now that the trailer is in full use, Hospitainer will continue to monitor their progress to assure its optimal use.

>>SBS’s movie about the the Hospitrailer for Syria (Dutch)