6.3 million

internally displaced people

4.8 million

refugees outside Syria

13.5 million

Syrians in need of humanitarian aid


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 cross-fire of government forces, opposition armed forces, their respective allies and extremist factions like Islamic State.



The humanitarian situation remains extremely tenuous throughout the country, particularly in the north where displaced people, who are trying to escape, converge. People are suffering from the lack of access to healthcare facilities, to water and food, and there is an urgent need for sanitation, shelter etc.


Support to internally displaced people

Since October 2012, Doctors of the World has been working with Syrian nurses and doctors to provide primary and sexual and reproductive healthcare to Syrians gathered in various camps and one village in the Idlib-nord region, close to the Turkish border.

The association also helps Syrian partners by supporting 21 health centres and mobile teams in Syria, particularly in Idlib, Alep and Dera governorates. The availability of medicines and essential equipment, which are extremely scarce in times of war, is assured through 10 local partners and the local medical staff are supported to ensure continuity of services in a situation where the authorities no longer fund the country’s healthcare facilities. Moreover, Doctors of the World is able to provide assistance with emergency supplies depending on how the situation develops on the ground.



In 2016

We have :

  • supported 12 Syrian partners and 21 health centres

  • given 760,400 medical consultations

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

Aid for victims of the conflict

Furthermore, Doctors of the World supports post-operative healthcare centres on both sides of the Turkish-Syrian border and at Sarmada (Syria). Seriously wounded victims of the clashes are treated there following surgical intervention. Working with its partners, Doctors of the World strives to improve the quality of care, by training the personnel in these centres in the care of maimed and traumatised victims of conflict.


Start of a programme on access to care in the Aleppo region.
Outbreak of war.
Support in the post-operative centre at Reyhanli
Establishment of fixed and mobile clinics in the north-west of the country.
Support for healthcare facilities inside Syria and opening of a mother and child healthcare centre.
Support for post-operative centre in Sarmada, in the region of Idlib.
Strengthening support in Deraa, Aleppo and Idlib governorates.
Emergency response in Idlib and Aleppo following the increase in bombing and the siege of Aleppo.

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