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 International Award to Abdi Ibrahim's Edirne Darüşşifa Healing Project

Abdi İbrahim, working passionately to heal the lives it touches with innovative products and services and brave and pioneering initiatives, continues to win important awards at the field of corporate social responsibility with its Project to Heal Edirne Darüşşifa which has an important place in the history of medicine with its 500 years past. Most recently, the project was deemed worthy of Social Responsibility Award granted by International Corporate Social Responsibility Awards.

The Project to Heal Edirne Darüşşifa, which was renovated by operations lasting 1.5 years conducted by Abdi İbrahim with a modern museology approach and inaugurated with a ceremony last year, has attracted great attention since the day of its implementation and won significant awards. Edirne Darüşşifa Healing Project, a social responsibility project of Abdi İbrahim, most recently, was deemed worthy of an award by International Corporate Social Responsibility Awards (ICSR) and the award was presented to Ms. Elif Elkin, Corporate Communication Director of Abdi İbrahim.

Ms. Elif Elkin, making a statement on the matter, said: "We have been working passionately for 105 to heal the lives of people we touch. We get more and more excited, and more and more encouraged for new social contribution projects when our endeavors are crowned with such awards. It is a great source of pride for us that the Project to Heal Edirne Darüşşifa, which has a great importance for both medicine as well as the history of our country, is granted such significant awards one after another. It is also significant for us to receive this award from ICSR, one of the reference award programs related to CSR practices in the international area... We are extremely proud to have received such significant feedback pertaining to Darüşşifa which has been recently included in the UNESCO World Heritage Temporary List".

Edirne Darüşşifa Healing Project has been granted bronze award in the categories "Social Responsibility Program of the Year" and "Press Relations the Communication/Public Relations Campaign of the Year" at Stevie International Business Awards; bronze award in the field of press relations at Mercury Excellence awards, one of the most prestigious awards of communication sector in the world; jury's special award at Golden Compass Public Relations Awards Turkey, the only award program of communication and public relations sector in Turkey; and finally, the Social Responsibility Award at Golden Mortar Awards organized for the 7th times by Journal of Pharmacists.

What are exhibited at Edirne Darüşşifa?

The visitors to Sultan Bayezid II Edirne Darüşşifa which used to dispense cures to people as a hospital during Ottoman era get the opportunity to learn on spot via both texts as well as animations, many valuable information such as that there had been cosmetic surgeries in 15th and 18th centuries, presence of women surgeons performing hernioplasty on janissaries and the story of spread of Turkish Method of Smallpox Vaccination, which has also been received by the British Royal Family, to Europe, that the motherland of rose-cultivation and rose water is Edirne contrary to popular belief, as well as the kinds of treatments practiced for various diseases and surgery techniques.

Visitors to Darüşşifa also get the opportunity to see tenzu (medicine) mold used for drugs with tablet form, music performance at Darüşşifa, wax sculptures showing the treatment methods of the time, documentary pertaining to medicine preparation methods since Ottoman Medicine and samples from plants used for medicine creation as well as the miniature depicting the cauterization method used for treatment of headaches.

The renovation operations of Sultan Bayezid II Edirne Darüşşifa which was founded as a hospital in 1488 and provided services in order to treat patients since its shutdown in 1915, was carried out with a modern design following a long scientific preparation process. Edirne Darüşşifa, one of the most important centers of history of medicine, was renovated by respecting its past and architectural texture and by ensuring that the information pertaining to Ottoman medicine came to light. Edirne Darüşşifa with 26 rooms was designed with a great care and effort in order to be able to represent the practices of the age.

This important architectural work, revealing a medicine history of five centuries and renovated by Abdi İbrahim with a modern museology sense, was visited by 235 thousand persons in a year.

Its architectural features inspired the west

Edirne Darüşşifa which inspired the west with its architectural features has a new hospital architectures planned hexagonally with a central system based on hospital functions. Thanks to this central system, service to patients were able to be provided with less number of personnel. Afterwards, it was used in important hospitals which gained fame in Europe and Americas such as Gasthius, Stuiven, Philadelphia Presbyterian, John Hopkins in 19th century. In addition, the excellent acoustics and ventilation lantern of the Sultan Bayezid II Edirne Darüşşifa is among the striking practices of the hospital's architecture.

About Sultan Bayezid II Edirne Darüşşifa

Sultan Bayezid II Darüşşifa is part of the social complex built by Bayezid II with the spoils obtained from Akkirman Campaign in 1484. Darüşşifa, until the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-1878, for about 400 years at first provided medical care to all kinds of patients, and afterwards to only mental and neurological patients. Upon establishment of a new hospital in Edirne in 1866, the darüşşifa building was assigned to mental patients and was renamed as Edirne Bimaristan. With the occupation of Edirne during the Russo-Turkish War, the mental patients were sent to Istanbul-Toptaşı Bimaristan (1878). The Edirne Bimaristan, repaired after the war, started to accept patients again on 23 November 1893. In 1910, a stove was installed on top of the fountain pool and patient beds were placed around this stove. The mentally ill patients which caused harm to their surroundings were kept in rooms. After some time, with the initiative of Dr. Mazhar Osman, the mentally ill patients were transferred to the French Hospital in Kıyık (1915). Thus, a hospital with a past of 427 years came to an end.

Bayezid II Darüşşifa consists of three parts, two yards and healing house, connected to each other. In the six rooms (polyclinic) lined to the right of the two yards (Birun), physicians, oculists and surgeons used to perform the first examination of patients. Mentally ill patients were isolated in some rooms. To the left of the yard, there were laundry room, cellar and kitchen. Meals for patients were cooked in kitchens and the personnel would eat their meals in imaret (public soup kitchen).

At the healing house part, around a lounge furnished with marble, covered with a dome and has a pool, there are 6 winter rooms with furnaces and 5 terraced sofas (summer rooms). One of the sofas was allocated for musical therapy and it is thought that the remaining four rooms were used as summer rooms. Edirne Darüşşifa has an important place in the history of world hospitals as it was one of the first places where this plan, defined as central system in the hospital architecture, had been utilized.

The ventilation lantern lacted on the big dome of the healing house was built in order to both provide comfort by illuminating the indoor area as well as to ventilate the air and expel bad odors. The acoustics of this area was also designed quite well.

Abdi İbrahim, working passionately to heal the lives it touches with innovative products and services and brave and pioneering initiatives, has implemented the Project to Heal Edirne Darüşşifa which has an important place in the history of medicine with its 500 years past.” The Project to Heal Edirne Darüşşifa, which was renovated by operations lasting 1.5 years conducted by Abdi İbrahim with a modern museology approach and inaugurated with a ceremony last year, has attracted great attention since the day of its implementation.

Within the scope of the project, Edirne Darüşşifa, one of the most important centers of history of medicine and a place which had an important place in the history with its 500 year past, was renovated by respecting its past and architectural texture and by ensuring that the information pertaining to Ottoman medicine came to light. While one of the rooms at Edirne Darüşşifa was designated for administration, 26 rooms were re-designed with great care and effort in order to be able to reflect the practices of the past.

At the museum; information pertaining to how the Turkish Method of Smallpox Vaccination, which was also received by British Royal Family, spread to Europe from Edirne; what kind of important role did the women surgeons had back then in the medicine world; how some diseases were treated; which techniques and tools were used for surgeons are relayed to the visitors in a setup which reflects the history.

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