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AERIAL bombardment to hospitals – bringing many facilities out of service – is one of the many problems faced by the health system in North Syria, and sometimes in other conflict areas.

The energy infrastructure was damaged, and many areas that became outside of government was cut off from electricity. What emerged is the reliance on diesel fuel. Diesel generators, and particularly diesel fuel – has become also the central piece of the war economy – creating a vicious cycle of dependency, fragility, and conflict.

Towards solving this problem – we have developed and implemented a pilot solar PV project in one of the critical hospitals in Idlib and Aleppo regions in Syria.

Solar PV can help reduce the dependency on fuel, while ensuring that the critical department and services, like emergency departments and Intensive Care Units have electricity on 24/7. However – We realized that the health system would require a lot more than simply solar energy to be resilient.

We decided to focus on 2 other problems faced by the health system:

  1. Mobility within the health system (ambulance and vaccine transport vehicles): which also depending on fuel and conventional internal combustion engine.
  2. Human Recourses: Gap in qualified health professional at all levels. Read More


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The HIRS Platform aims to apply the best models and technologies for telemedicine in the selected the 3 health facilities in the NW Syria through collaboration between a doctor “service provider” and a consultant “expert doctor” to achieve an effective diagnosis, save lives, and reduce the number of referrals.

  • About the HIRS Project?

    The Health Integrated Resilience System |HIRS project aims to strengthen health systems in conflict zones (and low- and middle-income countries or in limited resources countries) through leveraging integrated technologies: Solar, Battery Electric Vehicle, and Telemedicine.

  • Who benefits from the HIRS Platform?

    There are two main beneficiaries of telemedicine:

    Patients: Telemedicine gives patients the opportunity to receive care in fragility and conflict areas.

    Service Providers: Reducing the gap in qualified health professional at some levels (ICU, MH, NICU, and PICU) and Tele-medicine offers an opportunity for bridging this gap by opportunities to consult with other specialists and educational opportunities and mentoring.

  • What is the purpose of the HIRS Platform?

    The purpose of the project is to build a virtual platform for the purpose of utilization in telemedicine application in northwest Syria. The platform aims to connect service providers in select facilities in northwest Syria, with a network of physicians around the world.

  • What kind of impact can Tele-medicine have on HIRS Platform?

    As the conflict in Syria intensified, several millions fled, including many qualified medical professionals and physicians. In 2017, it was estimated that there were only 2 physicians for every 10,000 people in non-government held areas. For context – in the Netherlands they have 35 physicians per 10,000 people - while Syria before the war had around 15. But since we are living in the most connected and digitized age humanity ever witnessed, we realized that Tele-medicine offers an opportunity for bridging this gap. Using advanced telecommunication technology, and using the existing experiences, it’s possible to modularize and streamline a telemedicine platform and system that works.

  • How can professional doctors contribute to HIRS Platform?

    Telemedicine allows for qualified medical professionals abroad - in much safer areas than the conflict zone - to effectively help deliver certain services in remote communities and clinics. This can be done using advanced imaging and telecommunication, enabling effective diagnosis while leveraging diaspora medical professionals, and artificial intelligence.


What Service Providers & Consultants says about Tele-medicine Program/Intervention in NW Syria?

This Project [Health Integrated Resilience System | HIRS] was implemented by UOSSM and supported by Creating Hope in Conflict: a Humanitarian Grand Challenge; a partnership of USAID, The UK Government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, and Global Affairs Canada, with support from Grand Challenges Canada.