SAVE A LIFE

A source of hope for refugees

Help save thousands of lives by building a hospital


Background
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Target: Phase 1) £140,000
Target: Phase 2) £110,000
Location: Shagrab Refugee Camp, East Sudan

A crisis in care

As a supporter of Ethar Relief, you will be familiar with the horrific conditions of East Sudanese refugee camps. One of the biggest issues is the lack of access to healthcare, medicines and medical expertise – this has become the source of terrible suffering for refugees, and huge loss of life.

Pregnant women, the elderly, and children are disproportionately affected by preventable diseases. Other vulnerable groups such as the disabled and people living with lifelong illness have almost nowhere to turn for medical care. Any healthcare measures that are provided tend to be reactive to emergency situations rather than accessible day-to-day.

Solving the problem of healthcare is not easy. Ethar Relief recognises that temporary clinics, field medical camps, and other small healthcare outreach programmes only address the tip of the iceberg. What is really required is proper investment in a permanent solution, one that brings the correct infrastructure to the area and provides the correct standards to uphold human dignity and save lives.

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Solution

Ethar Relief has taken on the great responsibility of building a hospital in Shagrab refugee camp, the largest of all the refugee camps in East Sudan. The Shagrab camp alone has a population, as of 2018, of over 60,000 people, with more poor refugees and equally poor indigenous people populating the area surrounding the camp. Built in 1982, Shagrab was originally intended as a temporary reception zone for refugees fleeing conflict in Eritrea, but due to the ceaseless conflict and political issues it has become a permanent home for those refugees and their families. It lacks even the most basic of services, especially health care, clean water and education. The combination of factors means that Shagrab is in the grip of one of the worst health crises, due to lack of clean water and medical aid as well as absence of good food and nutrition. Disease spreads through the camp rapidly, claiming lives daily. It is a place desperately in need of a proper healthcare solution in the form of a hospital.

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Ethar Relief wishes this flagship hospital to be more than just a healthcare facility: it should be a source of hope for refugees and poor people in the area, and a sign that the outside world hasn’t forgotten them, and is investing in their health and wellbeing.

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Details

Phase 2 plans are in place for further wards, including a labour ward for maternity, dental and optical wards, and expansion of surgery capabilities.

Al Shifa hospital will be purpose built from the ground up. It will be the first purpose built hospital in the area, and the first of its kind in a refugee camp. Its existence will be a symbol of hope and progress for the entire refugee cause, and deserves the strongest support.

It will provide all people who require medical attention with a good standard of healthcare, according to capacity and the development of necessary wards. The building of specialised wards is dependent on the funds raised, and therefore we encourage our supporters to donate generously for the establishment of the infrastructure, so that the next phases can be started as soon as possible.

Phase 1 of the hospital project will consist of:
4 general wards for patients
2 examination rooms
1 laboratory
1 pharmacy
2 waiting room areas

A professionally trained medical team is being sourced to run and oversee the proper management of the hospital according to recognised standards. These standards will set it apart from emergency field hospitals and other short term projects. Staff training, recruitment, and maintenance of the hospital premises are also part of our fundraising objectives, and require donations.

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Outcome

Ethar hopes that the establishment of this hospital will bring to the people of this region, and especially the refugees in the camp, a normalisation of access to formal healthcare which has been completely absent until now. We want refugees and poor people to be able to come forward with illnesses, injuries and concerns in the same way that most people living in towns and cities around the world are able to.

In particular, we will target preventable deaths and illnesses, such as infant mortality due to mothers being unable to give birth in proper sanitary conditions, or children permanently disabled due to contracting a disease. Elderly care, and controlling the spread of diseases such as malaria and cholera will further reduce the huge death rate.

We expect the presence of the hospital to have a good influence on the overall health management strategy in the camp and wider region, as there will be a team of permanently based medical experts on the premises who can provide insight and responses to issues that affect the people in the area. It is anticipated that over time, and with the uptake of the services provided by the hospital, healthcare will become more proactive than reactive, and local people will become empowered to take control of their health and wellbeing.

The immediate catchment area for the hospital will be over 60,000 people, with over 300,000 predicted to access the hospital over the next 5 years. Provisions are planned into the project design to make sure that there is good overall capacity before officially opening.

Costs

Phase 1 cost is £140,000

Phase 2 cost is £110,000

You can contribute to this important project by donating any amount of your choosing, or by pledging towards the following specific commitments:

£250 - General hospital costs such as: Medicine, Air conditioning, Other medical equipment and resources

£1,000 – Main hospital equipment such as: Beds, Desks, Chairs, Trolley, Wheelchairs

£2,000 – Specialist medical equipment such as: Dental apparatus, Pharmacy equipment and supplies, Surgical equipment and other specialised items

£3,000 – Hospital functional facilities including: Laboratory, Storage, Reception, Fencing and security infrastructure

A professionally trained medical team is being sourced to run and oversee the proper management of the hospital according to recognised standards. These standards will set it apart from emergency field hospitals and other short term projects. Staff training, recruitment, and maintenance of the hospital premises are also part of our fundraising objectives, and require donations.

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Birmingham
B10 0TJ
West Midlands
United Kingdom

Enquiries

For donations, information on volunteering, or general enquiries, please contact the team: E: info@etharrelief.org, T: +44 (0)121 309 0230

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