Syria

Syria

Emergency
6,6 million

internally displaced people

4,6 million

people living as refugees outside Syria

13,5 million

Syrians in need of humanitarian aid

Background

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.

Un homme porte sa fille blessée dans un hôpital d'Alep. © AFP Photos
Un homme porte sa fille blessée dans un hôpital d'Alep. © AFP Photos

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.

 
Syria

In 2015

We :

  • supported 13 Syrian partners and 37 health centres

  • provided care and treatment to 513,000 patients in Syria

  • gave 221,500 medical consultations

19 500 000€
In the post-operative center of Reyhanli supported by Médecins du Monde © Olivier Papegnies
In the post-operative center of Reyhanli supported by Médecins du Monde © Olivier Papegnies
History
2008
Launch of a healthcare access programme in the Alep region.
2011
Start of the war.
2012
Support to a post-operative care centre for refugees in Reyhanli on the border with Turkey.
2012
Setting up of permanent and mobile clinics in the north-west of the country.
2013
Support to health facilities inside Syria and opening of a mother-and-child health centre.
2014
Support to a post-operative care centre in Sarmada in the region of Idlib.

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