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Syria

6.3 million

internally displaced people in the country

4.9 million

refugees living outside of Syria

52%

of health facilities no longer operational

The situation

Since the start of the war in 2011, violence against the Syrian population has intensified. The situation has become increasingly complex with no political solution in sight. Many areas are bombed regularly and civilians are victims in many ways—they experience human rights violations and abuses, and are caught in the crossfires of government forces, of opposition armed forces, of their respective allies and of extremist factions such as the jihadist group Islamic State.

 

The humanitarian situation remains extremely unstable throughout the country, mainly in the north, where displaced people are trying to flee. People suffer from lack of medical care, water and food, and their need for sanitation, shelter and other assets is dire.

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Our action

Support to the internally displaced

Since October 2012, Doctors of the World has been working with Syrian nurses and doctors to provide basic healthcare and sexual and reproductive care to Syrians living in various camps and in a village in the Idlib-north region, near the Turkish border.

Doctors of the World also supports Syrian partners by providing aid to 43 health centers and mobile teams in Syria, particularly in the governorates of Idlib, Aleppo and Dera’a. Although extremely scarce in times of war, essential medicine and equipment is provided by 10 local partners, while we continue to support local healthcare providers since the state is no longer funding the country’s health facilities. We are also there to provide emergency supplies based on the conditions on the ground.

 

Aid to War Victims

Doctors of the World supports post-operative care centres on both sides of the Turkish-Syrian border, in Reyhanlı (Turkey) and Sarmada (Syria). Victims of the clashes who have been seriously injured and have undergone surgery are given follow-up care. With our partners, we work to improve the quality of care by training the staff of these centres to tend for war victims who have been mutilated and traumatized.

Our Impact

In 2016, we have :
  • SUPPORTED
    12
    SYRIAN PARTNERS AND
  • PROVIDED
    637 554
    MEDICAL CONSULTATIONS IN DOCTORS OF THE WORLD HEALTH CENTRES
  • CONDUCTED
    18 753
    MEDICAL CONSULTATIONS IN SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

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