Hospitainer for surgery and deliveries heading for Syrian-Jordanian border.

27 January 2017

Hospitainer provided UNFPA with a mobile hospital in a 40ft container, for treatment of refugees in ‘the Berm’. The Berm is a strip of desert at the border of Syria and Jordan where thousands of Syrian refugees are trapped between a war and a country they cannot enter. The refugees end up in camps with lack of almost every basic need: food, shelter and medical care.

UNFPA will use the mobile hospital for surgery, deliveries, C-sections and other needed healthcare in the refugee camps. The hospitainer contains a delivery room, recovery area, scrubbing area and an operation theatre. Technical installations are all integrated in the unit. For the waiting area, foldable covers with benches are included. Hospitainer will also provide medicines and all essential equipment like an ultrasound machine, sterilizer, incubator and vacuum aspiration. It is self-sufficient; a generator, electrical system, water tank and filtration are also included. Also lab equipment, like a blood analyser and urine analyser, is included in the unit.

Privacy in camps
The robust characteristics of the container do not only provide a very sustainable solution, in crowded areas like a refugee camp, it also provides the much needed safe haven and privacy for women who are treated, give birth or have experienced sexual violence.  

An asset of this Hospitainer compared to other healthcare solutions is the ability to quickly deploy and retract the facility, making it suitable for the accurate humanitarian emergency in Syria. The mobile hospital can quickly move geographically when the situation requires so.

The Berm
*Over 75.000 estimated refugees, three-quarter of them women and children.*Flimsy, makeshift tents in camps.

*Winter, temperatures below 0 degrees Celsius. 

*Access to food very limited since closure of border 21th of June. 

*No food provision since August, reports of malnutrition.

Source of statistics and map: MSF.org 



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