The Syrian War is a conflict that remains formally listed as a civil war. But, the effects of the four-year war continue to expand across all countries.
With over 11 million Syrians displaced, nearly half of them have sought refuge in neighboring countries. Jordan is where most of the refugees have ended up. Even before the war, a unique hospital was already established by Doctors without Borders (also known as Medecines Sans Frontiers) in 2006 to treat victims of regional conflicts.
Jordan hospital treatment
That hospital provides hope in Amman (in Jordan) and is set-up to provide surgical care for those wounded by regional wars. What makes this hospital unique is that the doctors and surgeons. There, 529 in the region as of 2015, have specific experience treating people in war zones. The doctors are already battle tested and this assures that the treatment is the very best in the medical field.
The Amman hospital did launch as a response to the 2006 Iraq war. It has today expanded to treat war victims from multiple countries such as Yemen, Gaza, Iraq and Syria. While emergency surgical care is a major function of the facility, it also provides support in the areas of physiotherapy and mental health.
Since 2006 the hospital has conducted over 130,000 physiotherapy procedures, over 45,000 mental health related sessions, and over 8,000 surgeries. These cases will only increase as the Syrian War has morphed into a deadly regional conflict that has been dramatically magnified by the ISIS caliphate.
The Amman hospital is an eight-story facility and has a capacity of 200, 180 of which were children last year.It has become a life-saver for victims that suffered from airstrikes which tragically has amputated and burned many children. Eventually, the hospital will offer high-tech 3-D printing for hand and face prostheses. However, as the conflict continues to confound many nations, the need for help will only get worse.
One of the biggest challenges the hospital is currently facing is that over the last four months. Jordan has officially closed its borders with Syria which has denied access to thousands of wounded war victims. The staff at the hospital have reported being feeling dismayed by the fact that they work in a fully functional hospital so close to the battlefield. But unable to treat victims due to the border closing but remain hopeful the political situation will change.
And as with most humanitarian organizations, it’s primarily funded by private donations and depends on year-round fundraising campaigns. To ensure they can meet that need. Last year Doctors without Borders raised close to $350M, and 37% of that was contributions from individual people all over the world. Out of all the countries, the organization operates in Jordan.It receives the third most amount of funding, $12M, for programs and services such as the Amman Hospital.