Emergency Response – Syrian Civil Conflict

Project Emergency Response – Syrian Civil Conflict

To address the immediate surgical needs of Dulayl Hospital

Project Partners Jordan Health Aid Society

Deployment of 2 medical specialists to enhance the surgical capacity of Du Leyl Hospital to cope with the increasing number of patients suffering from war related injuries

Locations Zarqa, Jordan
Period January 2013

A total of 13 war related surgeries were conducted by the medical team

The continuous influx of refugees fleeing from the ongoing conflict
in Syria has put a strain on the local Jordanian health system which
has to cater to an increase in the number of unwell and injured
persons crossing the border. Most of the injured civilians have
nowhere else to go as the Syrian health system is no longer able to
meet their urgent needs for medical care.
Mobile medical teams and field clinics which are run by various
international and national agencies provide the required first
aid and early trauma treatment to the refugees. However, any
further treatment that requires more complex medical care will be
referred to the local hospitals in Jordan. This in turn has created a
strain on the Jordanian health system.
In order to support the already over-stretched local health system,
the Jordanian Health Aid Society (JHAS) has taken the initiative
to manage, staff and run a small private hospital by the name of
Dulayl Hospital. The hospital, which will function as a referral
hospital for definitive treatment, is situated in Zarqa, just 15km
from the Za’atari camp and 50km from the Jordan-Syria border.

MERCY Malaysia’s efforts
MERCY Malaysia deployed a medical team consisting of an
orthopaedic surgeon and an anaesthesiologist to be based at
the Dulayl Hospital to supplement the services provided by the
permanent medical staff of the hospital. The hospital staffs have
been working round the clock since the hospital became a referral
centre for war related cases. It also requires assistance for external
capacity to cope with the increasing number of cases thereby
reducing the workload of it’s permanent staff.
Working in partnership with the JHAS team, our medical team was
tasked primarily with the responsibility of performing surgeries
for war related injury patients. The team conducted a total of
13 surgeries of which the majority were gunshot wound cases.
The rest of the cases involved bomb blast injuries and other war
related injuries. Apart from performing surgeries, the team was
also tasked to review cases that had been emergency operated
prior to their arrival. In addition, the team had to conduct ward
rounds in between and after their OT cases