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COVID-19 Pandemic Field Hospitals in ...
São Paulo
By Ettore Chiereguini
02 Dec 2020

The opening and the last day of São Paulo's Field Hospitals, built for light and moderate cases of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). The facilities have been set up inside the Pacaembu Football Stadium and Ibirapuera Gymnasium to prevent the healthcare collapse during the pandemic.

The facilities have been shut down in 29th June and 26th September with a drop off in demand of beds for the treatment of the disease.

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Ibirapuera last Patient
São Paulo
By Ettore Chiereguini
26 Sep 2020

Iray Fernandes, 70, gets discharged from the Ibirapuera Gymnasium Field Hospital with a tribute on the last day of the facility on September 26th of 2020. Nurses and doctors celebrated with balloons the closure of the field hospital with the drop off in demand of new beds against the disease.

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Pacaembu's last patients
São Paulo
By Ettore Chiereguini
29 Jun 2020

Nilza Dantas Batista, 61, one of the last patients of the Pacaembu Field Hospital gets discharged from the facility on June 29th of 2020.

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Pacaembu's last patients
São Paulo
By Ettore Chiereguini
29 Jun 2020

Nélio de Moura Moyses, 55, gets discharged from the Pacaembu Field Hospital, and became the last patient of the facility, on June 29th of 2020.

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Empty beds of Pacaembu Field Hospital
São Paulo
By Ettore Chiereguini
29 Jun 2020

Empty beds of the Pacaembu facility during the pandemic of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on June 29th of 2020.

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Medical team leaving the Pacaembu fac...
São Paulo
By Ettore Chiereguini
29 Jun 2020

Doctors, Nurses and workers from the Pacaembu Field Hospital leaving the facility on it's last day operating, June 29th of 2020.

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The nurse
São Paulo
By Ettore Chiereguini
29 Jun 2020

A nurse is seem wearing a face mask that shows super heroes praising a medical team on the last day of the Pacaembu facility on June 29th of 2020.

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Employees last day on the Pacaembu Fi...
São Paulo
By Ettore Chiereguini
29 Jun 2020

Hundreds of Pacaembu Field Hospital employees after the closure of the facility, on June 29th of 2020. The scene marks the last day of operation of the facility.

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Beds on Pacaembu Field Hospital
São Paulo
By Ettore Chiereguini
29 Jun 2020

Empty beds of the Pacaembu facility during the pandemic of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on June 29th of 2020.

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Tribute to the last patients
São Paulo
By Ettore Chiereguini
29 Jun 2020

Nurses and doctors make a tribute to the last patients that got discharged of the Pacaembu field hospital on its last day operating, on June 29th of 2020.

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Standby
São Paulo
By Ettore Chiereguini
28 Jun 2020

A monitor displaying a 'Standby' sign on April 29th of 2020, at the Ibirapuera Field Hospital.

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Empty ICU bed on Ibirapuera Gymnasium
São Paulo
By Ettore Chiereguini
29 Apr 2020

A empty bed of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Ibirapuera Facility. While addressed to light to moderate cases, the facility had beds for more delicate cases of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) treatment, on April 29th of 2020.

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The nurse
São Paulo
By Ettore Chiereguini
29 Apr 2020

A nurse wearing a face shield and a mask demonstrates how to operate a respirator on April 29th of 2020 at the Ibirapuera Facility.

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Ibirapuera Gymnasium Field Hospital
São Paulo
By Ettore Chiereguini
29 Apr 2020

Ibirapuera Field Hospital facility seem from the Gymnasium grandstand on April 29th of 2020. The field hospital was the last built in the city of São Paulo for light and moderate cases of the disease.

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Pacaembu Field Hospital empty beds
são paulo
By Ettore Chiereguini
27 Mar 2020

Empty beds inside of Pacaembu Field Hospital on March 27th 2020. The facility was the first Field Hospital built in the city of São Paulo during the Pandemic of the COVID-19 (coronavirus).

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Pacaembu Field Hospital
São Paulo
By Ettore Chiereguini
27 Mar 2020

The facility of Pacaembu Field Hospital seem from the Stadium grandstand on March 27th of 2020. The field hospital was the first built on the city of São Paulo for light and moderate cases of the disease.

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Life Underground: Syrians Seek Surviv...
Hama
By TTM Contributor 9
11 Mar 2015

Hama, Syria
March 11, 2015

Rebels and civilians in the Latamina area of northern Syria have taken to digging mountain shelters in order to protect themselves from government forces. A rebel battalion called Tajmmu al-Izza (Pride Gathering), aligned to the Free Syrian Army and operative in rural parts of Idlib and Hama provinces, is doing the bulk of the digging.

The ensuing network of artificial caves provides a base for combatants, as well as a shelter for the dwindling numbers of civilians who have not fled the area. These caves also house a field hospital and pharmacy with 30 meter walls and continue to serve civilians and fighters alike. On the other hand, any makeshift medical centers built above ground were routinely bombed by Assad forces, according to an interviewed rebel spokesman.

This video shows detailed scenes of workers digging one of these makeshift caves with only simple tools, a task that usually takes about 12-15 days to be completed. Footage also includes interviews with the spokesman and the head of Tajmmu al-Izza.

SHOTLIST AND TRANSCRIPT

Wide of rebel vehicles outside cave
Wide of entry point to caves guarded by rebels

Wide of workers digging
Wide of worker taking debris out using wheel barrow
Various of workers drilling rocks
Various of workers taking debris out using wheel barrow
Various of workers building protection wall to shield cave entrance from bomb shrapnel

Wide of makeshift pharmacy
Wide of nurse working in pharmacy
Wide of entrance and emergency room in makeshift medical center
Various of nurse handling medication
Various of medical workers setting up operation room
Close-up of nurse preparing injection

Various of medical worker setting up operation room
Interview with Ubada al-Hamwi, rebel spokesperson
Various/ cutaways of Ubada al-Hamwi
Various of makeshift medical center and other caves
Various of rebel fighters inside caves

Medium of batteries used to provide lighting
Various of rebels in an office inside a cave Various/ Cutaways of Major Jamil al-Saleh, head of Tajmmu al-Izza Rebel Group
Interview with Major Jamil al-Saleh, head of Tajmmu al-Izza Rebel Group
Various/ Cutaways of Major Jamil al-Saleh, head of Tajmmu al-Izza Rebel Group

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Ubada al-Hamwi, rebel spokesperson
05:26 – 07:22

“The hospital was built underground in a rocky cliff. The rocks above it are about 30 meters high. This was done because of the bombing carried out by the regime, using explosive barrels and rockets. There was a need for an underground hospital to be built in order to protect medical staff, as well civilians and [fighters] who are being treated from injuries. The hospital has been established about 11 months ago. Most of the cases involve civilians injured in bombings. They could be injured by bomb shrapnel or suffer amputation. [The hospital provides] first aid to civilians. Fighters are usually treated from gunshots; undergo chest catheterization; and have shrapnel removed from their bodies as a result of mortar bombing. They also undergo surgery, which includes cutting the abdomen.
We needed a building that could protect doctors and medical workers, as well as the injured receiving treatment. An injured person feels more comfortable in a safe location.
Before we came up with this idea, we had an ordinary building that was repeatedly hit. We came up with this idea to provide the injured with safe and healthy conditions.
Digging was carried out using simple tools, such as drill compressors. The human effort involved was very large.”

07:02 – 07:22
“I am 23 years old. I studied Physics – I was in my second year at Tishreen University in Lattakia. I left university and joined the revolution since the outbreak of the early demonstrations.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic, Man) Major Jamil al-Saleh, head of Tajmmu al-Izza Rebel Group

08:58 - 13:01
"We resorted to building underground shelters and caves to protect ourselves from the barbaric air and artillery bombing carried out by the regime. We went to the mountains because the altitudes above the caves are quite high. Caves have at least 20 or 30 meters of altitude above them. This provides more protection for our men and equipment. Hence, we have become able to last longer under air and artillery bombing carried out by the regime, thanks be to God. This gives us more strength, thanks to the thickness of the walls, which we can achieve by digging into hills.
The digging process… we are able to provide health services as well as electricity and water, but we face difficulty in providing these services. The means that we, rebels, have are limited. We do not have digging machinery. We are using simple tools. We do not have good means to provide fortification. We rely on manual labor. Our men are making a big effort.
We are accelerating our work, theerfore it takes about 12-15 days to finish a cave. By the end of this time caves would be ready for our men to use them. About 12-15 days, depending on the area of the cave.
Aircraft bomb field hospitals the moment they are discovered, whether these hospitals are used by fighters or locals civilians. This is done to exert pressure on the rebels' popular support base. We had to build hospitals in protected areas the same way we built headquarters.

"Thanks be to God, medical staff are able to carry out their work under bombing because of these hospitals. They serve the civilians – this is something that we care much about. We are also protecting medical staff because we need them in the current war circumstances.
The number of caves is very large. Civilians as well as rebels have resorted to caves. Caves are everywhere because they protect us. It is difficult to remain in the northern part of Hama province without these caves.
We, as fighters, are able to follow up on our work thanks to God and these caves.
Civilians have to stay inside these caves to be able to live. They are not happy with this, but many people have no other alternative. They cannot leave the area. You saw the weather conditions that we experienced this year. There was a lot of rainfall and it was very cold. People suffered a lot.

Power is provided by generators and water is extracted from wells. The regime has stopped providing services, such as diesel and electricity. It is not only rebels; civilians suffer from this as well. There is no flour or bread. All of this is provided by aid organizations from Turkey because the regime has stopped offering these services two years ago.”

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Schachtya, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Feb 2015

February 15, 2015, Shchastya, Lugansk Oblast, Ukraine. Nurses Lesya and Dasha live and work inside the in the only working field hospital in the hotly contested town of Shchastya on the frontlines. A mere 16 KM away is the separatist held town of Luhansk. Pro-Russian separatists have shelled the town constantly since the ceasefire completly broke down in mid january. The two nurses treat the many wounded soldiers and locals who have been injured in the fighting. (Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Schachtya, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Feb 2015

February 15, 2015, Shchastya, Lugansk Oblast, Ukraine. Nurses Lesya and Dasha live and work inside the in the only working field hospital in the hotly contested town of Shchastya on the frontlines. A mere 16 KM away is the separatist held town of Luhansk. Pro-Russian separatists have shelled the town constantly since the ceasefire completly broke down in mid january. The two nurses treat the many wounded soldiers and locals who have been injured in the fighting. (Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Schachtya, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Feb 2015

February 16, 2015, Shchastya, Lugansk Oblast, Ukraine. Mama Tanya, a veteran from the Nagorno-Karabak war in the mid 90's is now fighting alongside Ukrainian forces by going to the front lines as soon as an injured soldier needs to be taken to the rear and receive treatment. (Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Schachtya, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Feb 2015

February 16, 2015, Shchastya, Lugansk Oblast, Ukraine. Mama Tanya, a veteran from the Nagorno-Karabak war in the mid 90's is now fighting alongside Ukrainian forces by going to the front lines as soon as an injured soldier needs to be taken to the rear and receive treatment. (Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Schachtya, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Feb 2015

February 16, 2015, Shchastya, Lugansk Oblast, Ukraine. Mama Tanya, a veteran from the Nagorno-Karabak war in the mid 90's is now fighting alongside Ukrainian forces by going to the front lines as soon as an injured soldier needs to be taken to the rear and receive treatment. (Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Schachtya, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Feb 2015

February 16, 2015, Shchastya, Lugansk Oblast, Ukraine. Mama Tanya, a veteran from the Nagorno-Karabak war in the mid 90's is now fighting alongside Ukrainian forces by going to the front lines as soon as an injured soldier needs to be taken to the rear and receive treatment. (Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Schachtya, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Feb 2015

February 16, 2015, Shchastya, Lugansk Oblast, Ukraine. Mama Tanya, a veteran from the Nagorno-Karabak war in the mid 90's is now fighting alongside Ukrainian forces by going to the front lines as soon as an injured soldier needs to be taken to the rear and receive treatment. (Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Schachtya, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Feb 2015

February 16, 2015, Shchastya, Lugansk Oblast, Ukraine. Vitaminka has left boyfriend and family to join in the Aydar volunteer batallion and fight against the Russian supported separatist forces. She now fights on the front lines alongside men. (Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Schachtya, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Feb 2015

February 16, 2015, Shchastya, Lugansk Oblast, Ukraine. Vitaminka has left boyfriend and family to join in the Aydar volunteer batallion and fight against the Russian supported separatist forces. She now fights on the front lines alongside men. (Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Schachtya, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Feb 2015

February 16, 2015, Shchastya, Lugansk Oblast, Ukraine. Vitaminka has left boyfriend and family to join in the Aydar volunteer batallion and fight against the Russian supported separatist forces. She now fights on the front lines alongside men. (Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Schachtya, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Feb 2015

February 16, 2015, Shchastya, Lugansk Oblast, Ukraine. Vitaminka has left boyfriend and family to join in the Aydar volunteer batallion and fight against the Russian supported separatist forces. She now fights on the front lines alongside men. (Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Schachtya, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Feb 2015

February 16, 2015, Shchastya, Lugansk Oblast, Ukraine. Vitaminka has left boyfriend and family to join in the Aydar volunteer batallion and fight against the Russian supported separatist forces. She now fights on the front lines alongside men. (Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Schachtya, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Feb 2015

February 16, 2015, Shchastya, Lugansk Oblast, Ukraine. Vitaminka has left boyfriend and family to join in the Aydar volunteer batallion and fight against the Russian supported separatist forces. She now fights on the front lines alongside men. (Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Schachtya, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Feb 2015

February 16, 2015, Shchastya, Lugansk Oblast, Ukraine. Anaconda also left family and friends to join up and fight in the war against the pro-Russian separatists. She enjoys her time at the front risking her life alongside the men from the battalion. (Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Schachtya, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Feb 2015

February 16, 2015, Shchastya, Lugansk Oblast, Ukraine. Anaconda also left family and friends to join up and fight in the war against the pro-Russian separatists. She enjoys her time at the front risking her life alongside the men from the battalion. (Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Schachtya, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Feb 2015

February 16, 2015, Shchastya, Lugansk Oblast, Ukraine. Anaconda also left family and friends to join up and fight in the war against the pro-Russian separatists. She enjoys her time at the front risking her life alongside the men from the battalion. (Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Schachtya, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Feb 2015

February 16, 2015, Shchastya, Lugansk Oblast, Ukraine. Anaconda also left family and friends to join up and fight in the war against the pro-Russian separatists. She enjoys her time at the front risking her life alongside the men from the battalion. (Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Schachtya, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Feb 2015

February 16, 2015, Shchastya, Lugansk Oblast, Ukraine. Anaconda also left family and friends to join up and fight in the war against the pro-Russian separatists. She enjoys her time at the front risking her life alongside the men from the battalion. (Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Schachtya, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Feb 2015

February 16, 2015, Shchastya, Lugansk Oblast, Ukraine. Anaconda also left family and friends to join up and fight in the war against the pro-Russian separatists. She enjoys her time at the front risking her life alongside the men from the battalion. (Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Schachtya, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Feb 2015

February 16, 2015, Shchastya, Lugansk Oblast, Ukraine. Anaconda also left family and friends to join up and fight in the war against the pro-Russian separatists. She enjoys her time at the front risking her life alongside the men from the battalion. (Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Schachtya, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Feb 2015

February 17, 2015, Starobilsk, Lugansk Oblast, Ukraine. Viktoria was a fighter on the front lines until she was injured. Her commander made her go back away form the fighting to take care of dead soldiers who need proper burial while. Sometimes she has to take care of bodies so badly mauled that a DNA testing is necessary for recognition. (Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Schachtya, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Feb 2015

February 17, 2015, Starobilsk, Lugansk Oblast, Ukraine. Viktoria was a fighter on the front lines until she was injured. Her commander made her go back away form the fighting to take care of dead soldiers who need proper burial while. Sometimes she has to take care of bodies so badly mauled that a DNA testing is necessary for recognition. (Jonathan Alpeyrie)

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Schachtya, Ukraine
By Jonathan Alpeyrie
24 Feb 2015

February 17, 2015, Starobilsk, Lugansk Oblast, Ukraine. Viktoria was a fighter on the front lines until she was injured. Her commander made her go back away form the fighting to take care of dead soldiers who need proper burial while. Sometimes she has to take care of bodies so badly mauled that a DNA testing is necessary for recognition. (Jonathan Alpeyrie)