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Middle East

Syria

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FRAGILITY RANKING

4th out of 178 countries


Overview

Since conflict broke out in 2011, Syria’s civil war has claimed more than 500,000 lives and forced an estimated 11 million people to flee their homes, resulting in the largest mass displacement since the Second World War.

More than 13 million people inside Syria require humanitarian assistance – nearly half of whom are children. At the end of 2017, more than half of Syria’s hospitals, clinics and healthcare centers were only partially functioning or had been damaged beyond repair.

Over a million people have been disabled from war injuries, and millions more are traumatized. Syrians lack the resources to address these physical and emotional wounds, since most of the population lives in extreme poverty, lacking access to basic necessities such as food and clean water.

We have been one of the leading organizations bringing services to people in need, on the Syrian crisis, since the early days of the conflict. In addition, we also support hundreds of thousands of Syrians across the borders in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

Our teams are delivering emergency healthcare and clean water services in challenging environments and to communities in hard-to-reach areas across the region.

Relief International supports hospitals to provide emergency surgery for those suffering critical war injuries. From there, patients are cared for at our health centers, where they are given ongoing care such as physiotherapy. Our team of psychologists offer counseling to help patients overcome the trauma they have experienced. We also create women and girl-friendly spaces to offer protection and treat victims of gender-based violence.

In remote areas, we provide emergency healthcare for communities completely cut off from services through our mobile medical units, hospitals and clinics. These services are particularly crucial for pregnant women.

To help prevent the spread of disease, Relief International delivers clean water, builds sanitation facilities, and provides hygiene support under its health intervention.

Many families have been forced to cut back their food supplies as a way to cope with poverty. We are also working towards improving nutrition and food security for these families by restoring farmland and agriculture.

 

“We have to adapt our responses quickly and frequently,” says Giorgio Trombatore, Relief International’s Country Director for Syria.

“Often, we are forced to set up hospitals in buildings that weren’t intended for this purpose. Then populations move on due to the conflict and our hospitals move, too. Sometimes our static hospitals aren’t safe, and so our mobile units take on even more importance.

We’re trucking emergency supplies of clean water to all our health facilities. We also rebuild water and sanitation infrastructure for these facilities. But then an offensive destroys the pipes, and once more we must switch back to providing emergency water. Having this agility is saving lives every day.”


Stories from Syria

Learn more about our work in Syria from our staff and program participants.

Syria

The Doctor Who Stayed Behind

A Syrian pediatrician shares the challenges of working in a war zone, what keeps him motivated, and his hopes for the future.

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Delivering Aid in Syria: Overcoming Challenges

The Syrian civil war is one of the most complex crises of 21st century. The fluidity of the environment, the fighting and the number of stakeholders involved makes access to vulnerable populations incredibly challenging. Relief International is providing healthcare services through different means of delivery to reach populations in need.

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Syria

An Inside Look: Delivering Healthcare in Northern Syria

Despite the unimaginable challenges that face them, our teams continue to respond to the humanitarian situation unfolding inside Idlib to ensure civilians receive the life-saving healthcare they need to survive.

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The Doctor Who Stayed Behind

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Delivering Aid in Syria: Overcoming Challenges

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An Inside Look: Delivering Healthcare in Northern Syria

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The Doctor Who Stayed Behind

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Delivering Aid in Syria: Overcoming Challenges

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An Inside Look: Delivering Healthcare in Northern Syria

From Our Staff

Recently we've seen an increase in cases of malnutrition. This is especially critical for children and is most prevalent in the communities who've been displaced from their homes and are living in poverty.

Badei Sabha
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Timeline

2012

Relief International launches its first Syria response through a pilot child protection and basic assistance project aimed at meeting immediate needs.

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2013

We launch our first Syrian primary healthcare response. In the years that follow, health will become the largest component of our work to support Syrians.

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2014

Our teams expand their Syria response to include essential water, sanitation, and hygiene services.

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2015

We begin running programs to support agriculture and livelihoods activities for Syrians.

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2016

We significantly expand our health programming as security is heightened when facilities were damaged or destroyed by airstrikes. Relief International, in coordination with local stakeholders, relocates some of the RI supported health centers as the frontline in the war changes, to keep services going for displaced populations.

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2017

By 2017, more than 6 million have fled their homes and are living in temporary shelter within Syria due to the conflict. Nearly 3 million people are displaced in 2017 alone. We expand our life-saving operations to include more specialized health services through static and mobile clinics for the most vulnerable Syrians.

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2018

We support an influx of new families into areas where we work with mobile medical teams, emergency medicines, and safe drinking water.

An Internally displaced girl from Deraa province carries a stuffed toy and holds the hand of child near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in Quneitra, Syria June 29, 2018. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Faqir

Timeline

2019

We launch an integrated multi-sector program including psycho-social support, linked to our existing primary healthcare service delivery.

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