Health Care and Water for Syrian Refugees

The destruction of health care facilities, continued conflict and displacement make it difficult for people in Northern Syria to get basic medical attention. Relief International, with funding from the European Commission on Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), is working from its base in Gaziantep, Turkey to reach the vulnerable Syrian communities of Aleppo, Idleb and Hama. RI is supporting lifesaving primary and reproductive health care across six hospitals and three mobile clinics, aiming to reach 190,000 people.

People like Samia, a Syrian mother whose son was safely delivered by RI staff in the winter of 2016. Samia was already in labor when one of RI’s mobile clinics pulled into the camp where she and her family live among other Syrians who’ve been forced from their homes. RI midwife Radwa leaped into action to help Samia deliver baby Yuseph, who joined his 12 brothers and sisters. 

Stories like Samia’s take place every day in war-wracked Syria, which is why RI supports the continued provision of essential, life-saving pharmaceuticals, medicines and equipment to health facilities. We also make sure that staff are properly paid. RI also supports a community health worker program, which promotes personal and household hygiene as well as health education.

Under its water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) component, RI constructs latrines, installs water storage tanks and tests water quality at health facilities, and builds waste zones for medical waste.

Overall, this ECHO program targets the immediate health needs of conflict-affected Syrians and supports hygiene infrastructure improvements to maintain their standard of living.