Our actions in 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 Middle East

In 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 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

District Amedi, Village Bamerni. Irak (c) Guillaume Pinon
Refugees and displaced people – an unprecedented crisis Iraq is a country marked by years of conflict. Although it is gradually emerging from the crisis stage, the country is still extremely fragile and is facing multiple political, economic, social and security challenges. Since the beginning of...
The population lives in a permanent state of extreme stress owing to the proximity of the Israeli settlements. ©Olivier Papegnies
Forced to abandon their lands over 70 years ago, the Palestinians have been living under Israeli occupation for over 50 years. For the last 13 years a large proportion of the population has also been subjected to the blockade of the Gaza Strip. This is the context in which Médecins du Monde has...
Since the start of the war in 2011, the violence against the civilian population in Syria has only become more complex and intense. Many regions are regularly bombarded and civilian populations are subjected to human rights violations and abuses, caught in the crossfire between government forces,...
Le Yémen, un pays ravagé par 5 années de guerre ©Reuters
Yemen – the humanitarian situation steadily worsens Since 2014, Yemen has been under fire due to clashes between Houthi rebels and government forces. This civil war took on an international dimension when a coalition of Arab states, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, became involved...
Lebanon hosts more Syrian refugees than any other country Lebanon is dealing with an enormous influx of refugees. It is a major challenge for the humanitarian organisations working in the region. Over 5.5 million Syrians , men, women and children, have fled the civil war which has been raging in...
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