Aid & Development

Hospital in Raqqa treats women and children free of charge

Syria

The Raqqa Civil Council and local organisations have worked to support the opening of a hospital that provides free healthcare for women and children.

The Crescent Hospital for women and children has been opened in the city of Raqqa. This hospital provides free healthcare for vulnerable women and children in the war-torn city. The hospital includes four outpatient clinics, a women’s clinic, a paediatric clinic, an inpatient clinic, a laboratory and a pharmacy. The hospital is one of the very few fully equipped hospitals in the city, and possibly the entire province, with highly trained set of staff.

The city of Raqqa was, for nearly four years, the de-facto capital of ISIS’ so-called caliphate. The city, which was previously known for its religious and ethnic diversity and rich history and culture, was transformed into an Orwellian totalitarian police state patrolled by ruthless ISIS militants, who took every opportunity to brutally punish the residents of the city in order to quash all hopes of resistance and freedom.

As the years went by and the city became increasingly isolated by the group, crippling the local economy. As a result, inflation began to soar and the prices of vital supplies became too expensive for residents to afford. The shortage of medical supplies has meant that many people, suffering from illnesses and injuries from war, have been denied key treatment and medication.

However, since the liberation of Raqqa from ISIS in October 2017 by the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), reconstruction efforts have slowly been picking up and a number of international and local humanitarian and development organisations have come to provide support to residents in the devastated city. The reconstruction process has been mainly managed and administered by the local Raqqa Civil Council, which is connected to the political authorities in the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria.

While residents continue to lament the lack of services in the city and the slow pace of reconstruction, many have hope that with time and thanks to the efforts of local volunteers and international organisations, the humanitarian and economic situation will improve in due course.