There is no hospital in Dura, and the population of 36,000 all depend on this charitable center that operates 24/7 and never closes its doors. The immense need for medical care and the excellent work the center has been doing has pushed the Municipality of Dura to allocate a relatively new and bigger building to house the charitable center.
During the doctors' shifts, they usually examine 60-70 patients a day, but that could rise to 200 during religious holidays and cold spells. "We mostly see a lot of children and elderly people," elaborates one of the center’s doctors. "We have a cement factory nearby and many of our city's residents are construction workers. So we treat traumas and sometimes burns, and refer the rest to hospitals in the city of Hebron."
"The donations the center has been receiving from Anera make up a large percentage of their in-stock medications, so it relies greatly on us to provide treatment for their poverty-stricken patients," explains Anera In-Kind Field Coordinator Muhammad Atieh. "When a center in such high demand does not have to put money aside to provide medications, it can focus more on providing the best care for their patients, and addressing their problems well. Thanks to our in-kind donors, this center has been able to expand its services and grow."
Helping People Feel Better
Dr. Ammar Al-Haddad was on call when 11-year-old Riad Al-Sharha's mother and father rushed him into the only charitable medical center in the town of Dura. Riad woke up with a fever in the middle of the night, and his temperature wouldn't drop from 102 degrees Fahrenheit.
Riad was still on his school mid-term break when he fell ill. Although his mother isn’t letting him to play outside in the cold, he's mostly disappointed about one thing: not being able to practice gymnastics.
"I can't wait to get better and get back at it!"
"I love gymnastics! I practice at home on mattresses. We have a sports hall in school but we don't have any gymnastics equipment, just balls and other few things to play with. So I try to teach myself," says Riad excitedly.
"He came in with a pain in his throat and ear, and a little cough. I examined him and saw that he has tonsillitis and a middle ear infection," says Dr. Al-Haddad, the 32-year-old general surgeon. "Anera recently delivered Cefdinir to the clinic, so I was able to prescribe it to Riad. He's been taking it for three days now. I look at him today and I can tell that he is responding very well to the treatment."
One of Anera’s valued partners, Direct Relief, donated the Cefdinir. The medication has benefited countless patients living in under-served communities, helping them fight bacterial infections.