The Middle East

Our actions in The Middle East


decrease in the Syrian population due to the war

5.45 M

Syrians refugees in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan, and Iraq

Our programs in the Middle East

In the Middle East, several countries such as Iraq, Syria, and Yemen are in the grip of civil wars. Many people are forced to flee to neighboring regions to escape violence and insecurity. Faced with this dramatic situation, health needs are critical, infrastructure and health personnel are lacking and damages caused by the violence remain a major barrier to access to health care for the most vulnerable.


In the Middle East, Médecins du Monde has been providing medical support to these populations affected by armed conflicts for nearly 40 years. Accompanying these extremely vulnerable people in accessing health care and services (primary health, sexual and reproductive health and mental health) is a crucial challenge.

Countries of intervention

Since 2014, Yemen has been under fire from clashes between Houthi rebels and government forces. This civil war has intensified since a coalition of Arab states led by Saudi Arabia has been supporting the government, bombing several regions, notably Sana’a and Aden governorates in the west of the...
District Amedi, Village Bamerni. Irak (c) Guillaume Pinon
The fighting which has affected north west Iraq since 2014 has led over 3 million Iraqis to leave their homes. Almost half of them have taken refuge in Kurdistan and the neighbouring regions. Whether Kurds, Yezidis, Christians or Muslims, most of them fled to escape the rapid advance of the Islamic...
Syrian refugees are scattered across hundreds of places in Lebanon, often in the poorest parts of the country, and have difficulty in accessing essential services. Their limited financial resources mean that more and more they are forced to live in camps, overcrowded apartments and buildings which...
The population lives in a permanent state of extreme stress owing to the proximity of the Israeli settlements. ©Olivier Papegnies
Living with the blockade in Gaza The Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. 1.8 million people live there, with almost 70% of them living in the eight refugee camps . The humanitarian situation has worsened with the intensifying of the land, air and sea blockade imposed...
Since the beginning of the war in 2011, violence against the civilian Syrian population has only intensified and become more complex, with no political solution emerging. Many regions are regularly bombed and the civilian populations are subjected to human rights violations and abuse, beneath the...