internally displaced people
people living as refugees outside Syria
Syrians in need of humanitarian aid
Since the beginning of the war in 2011, the violence directed at Syria's civilian population has intensified and complexified, with no political solution in sight. Many regions are repeatedly bombed and civilians - caught in the cross-fire between the government forces, the Free Syrian Army and extremist factions like Islamic State – are victims of human rights violations and abuses.
The humanitarian situation remains extremely difficult throughout the country, and especially so in the north where there is a concentration of displaced people attempting to flee to Turkey. People are suffering from a lack of access to health structures, water and food, and there is an urgent need for sanitation, shelter and other essential goods and supplies.
Support to internally displaced people
Since October 2012, Doctors of the World has been working with Syrian doctors and nurses providing primary health and sexual and reproductive health care to Syrians gathered in the camps in the north-western province of Idlib, near the border with Turkey. We are currently running four permanent and two mobile clinics, as well as a centre dedicated to women and children.
We are also working with Syrian partners, supporting more than 25 health centres and mobile teams within Syria, mainly in the governorates of Idlib, Alep, Damas and Dera. Essential medicines, equipment and consumables, extremely scarce since the war began, are brought into the country via Turkey and Jordan.
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