People's Convoy

Credit: Ismael Abdulrahman

SUPPORT SYRIA’S HEROIC DOCTORS

Help them save lives in the most dangerous place on earth

In Syria, hospitals have become targets and are being used as a tactical weapon of war. As medics come under fire in the most dangerous place on earth, we are coming together to support their lifesaving work.

Last month the only children’s hospital left in besieged East Aleppo was bombed out of existence. It was struck by missiles as the medical workers were treating children suffering from a chlorine attack. This hospital has been attacked before but every time the amazing staff have rebuilt it. This time, judging it too dangerous and without the supplies to rebuild the hospital was closed for good.

Now by coming together we can get these heroic doctors and nurses the equipment they need to open an entirely new children’s hospital in the nearby countryside. We’re sending a People’s Convoy to the country on December 17th stocked with medical supplies which can save lives immediately and a message that ‘we the people of the world stand with Syria’s lifesavers’.

A similar convoy is being organised in France to equip clinics in Aleppo. You can read more about it HERE.

By raising £91,432 we can outfit an entire children’s hospital. We know it’s easy to feel powerless, but this is something you can do that can make a real difference.

THE CONVOY IS SUPPORTED BY PEOPLE ACROSS THE WORLD

Organising organisations
  • Across The Divide
  • CanDo
  • Doctors Under Fire
  • Hand in Hand for Syria
  • Phoenix Foundation
  • The Syria Campaign
  • UOSSM (Union of Medical Care and Relief Organisations)
Endorsers and supporters
  • Defenders for Medical Impartiality
  • Doctors for Human Rights
  • Doctors of the World UK, part of the Médecins du Monde network
  • Doctors of the World - US
  • Emis Group
  • Emma Children's Hospital, University of Amsterdam
  • IFHHRO (International Federation of Health and Human Rights Organizations)
  • IDA - Independent Doctors Association
  • IntraHealth International
  • Karam Foundation
  • MADRE
  • Media Medics
  • Medical Aid International
  • Nobel Women's Initiative
  • Physicians for Human Rights
  • Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
  • Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition
  • Syrian American Medical Society - SAMS
  • Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
  • World Extreme Medicine
  • Dr Carol Cooper, Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College, London
  • Dr. Adriaan van Es, Secretary IFHHRO - International Federation of Health and Human Rights Organisations
  • Prof. Hans van Goudoever, Chairman, Dept of Pediatrics, Emma Children's Hospital
  • Dr Sarah Jarvis, GP & BBC Broadcaster
  • Kerry Kennedy, President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
  • Dr Mary Lowth, Freedom from Torture
  • Sir Richard J. Roberts, Nobel Laureate in Medicine
  • Sir John Sulston, FRS, Nobel Laureate in Physiology
  • Dr Mohammedabbas Khaki, MRCGP MBBS BSC DFRSH DRCOG
  • Dr. Ron Waldman, MD, MPH, Professor of Global Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health George Washington University, President of Doctors of the World USA and former PHR board member

Credit: Melad Shihaby

Even if they destroy every single hospital, we will never give up.

- Basra, Nurse

THE LIFESAVING EQUIPMENT THE CONVOY WILL CARRY

Here is just some of the equipment you can fund and help get to the children of Aleppo. Please give what you can.

Nebulizer

Nebulizer

£32
Scales for mother and child

Scales for mother & child

£50
Examination Table

Examination Table

£60
Stethoscope

Stethoscope

£120
Refrigerator

Refrigerator

£400
Feeding bottle sterilizer

Feeding bottle sterilizer

£1500

NEVER GIVING UP ON LIFE

The doctors under fire for saving lives

This is an emergency. Syria’s medical workers and hospitals are being systematically targeted because they are saving lives.

When the bombs fall, the wounded and dying are rushed to makeshift hospitals in caves, basements, and even living rooms. In these unlikely beacons of hope, doctors operating by the light of cellphones, using rudimentary equipment and insufficient medicine, manage to save lives everyday.

Against all odds, Doctors and medics work around the clock often not sleeping for days. Many live in the hospitals, sleeping in storage rooms, side by side with colleagues, only seeing their families after weeks of work.

Since Syria’s peaceful uprising was met with brutal force doctors have been systematically targeted as a tactical weapon of war. It has become apparent that anyone treating ordinary people on ‘the other side’ of their political view has become a valid target and their elimination is part of a deliberate strategy to take greater control.

More than three-quarters of Syrian doctors have fled since 2011. Those that remain have chosen to stay to serve, believing it their duty to save lives, even though it means risking theirs as hospitals are targets of daily airstrikes.

What’s happening in Syria is an unprecedented attack on hospitals, health workers, and the principle of medical neutrality in the history of the modern world. Syria’s heroic doctors and medical workers are doing all they can to save lives,but unless the world protects them from being targeted, there is a very real chance that soon there will be no doctors or medical workers left.

While Governments fail to act to protect them, people around the world can help make sure their lifesaving work continues. Please give what you can and help support Syria’s heroes.

Credit: Melad Shihaby

I KNOW THAT THERE IS A LOT OF DANGER HERE. BUT I LOVE THESE CHILDREN, I LOVE MY COUNTRY. I AM NOT LEAVING.

- Malak, Head Nurse

The Small Print

100% of the money raised will go directly to supporting the Independent Doctors Association: either buying the equipment or contributing to the hospital construction and development costs. Your contribution will change the lives of Syria civilians seeking medical care - please give generously.

The Independent Doctors Association [IDA] was founded by a medical committee of Syrian doctors from Aleppo in June 2012 as a response to the humanitarian needs in areas outside of government control in Northern Syria. By the end of 2016, IDA will be providing nearly a million people in the Aleppo governorate with medical services. IDA is headquartered in Gaziantep with an additional office in Kilis, and runs all of its health projects in Aleppo governorate.

Donations are processed through "The Voices Project" which is the legal name of The Syria Campaign - registered in the UK. The Syria Campaign/Voices Project receives no money from this fundraising campaign and all money collected will go directly to supporting IDA.

The People's Convoy is organised by CanDo, Doctors Under Fire, The Phoenix Foundation, and The Syria Campaign. The operational costs of the convoy are privately funded.

To get in touch with campaign organisers, email: [email protected]ampaign.org

For more information on the People's Convoy, please visit: peoplesconvoy.com/faqs