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Middle East

Syria

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FRAGILITY RANKING

4th out of 178 countries


Overview

Since 2011, Syria’s war has claimed more than 500,000 lives and displaced an estimated 14.6 million people. It is the largest mass displacement of people since the Second World War.

A great number of Syrians who were forced to flee found refuge in the neighboring countries. However, almost 7 million people have been displaced inside Syria itself, often multiple times and under duress.

More than 14.6 million people inside Syria are in need of humanitarian assistance – nearly half of whom are children. Although major conflict activities have receded since the beginning of 2020, outbreaks of violence have kept Syrians under a constant threat of further displacement and increased humanitarian needs. According to UN OCHA, Syria remains one of the largest humanitarian responses in the world, with assistance delivered to 6.8 million people per month in 2021.

Over a million people have been disabled from war injuries in the country, and millions more are emotionally 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.

In addition to the conflict, other factors are also adversely impacting daily life for millions of people in Syria. The region is currently experiencing the worst drought in 900 years, and lack of water is putting the livelihoods and health of millions in grave danger.

The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has also taken a large toll. The pandemic has put the exhausted population under further stress by pushing the healthcare system – already damaged from more than a decade of conflict – to breaking point.

Since the early days of the conflict, we have worked to bring an integrated selection of services to people inside Syria. Our teams provide emergency, free-of-charge healthcare, protection and nutrition services, and deliver clean water to health facilities in challenging environments, and to communities in hard-to-reach areas.

We focus on supporting hospitals to deliver primary and secondary health care, in addition to specialized healthcare services for women and children who have been disproportionally affected by the conflict. To help prevent the spread of diseases, our teams deliver clean water, rehabilitate or set up sanitation facilities, and provide hygiene support under its health intervention.

Our network of community health workers helps bring awareness about service availability to communities, and promotes hygiene, physical and mental health, and prevention of gender-based violence. In return, our teams gain community acceptance and bring the expressed needs of that community into our response planning.

Our protection team has set up women and girls safe spaces to offer protection, and to provide care to survivors of gender-based violence. At these safe spaces women and girls can access psychosocial support and counselling to overcome the trauma they have experienced, helping them to improve their wellbeing, and build resilience. Women and girls participate in individual and group sessions, with tailored support according to their needs. To support women and girls’ social reintegration and enhance their self-esteem, our women and girls’ safe spaces also offer life-skills trainings that strengthen the capacities and confidence of these women and girls.

To offer access to health and protection to communities living in remote areas and camps who are completely cut off from services, we incorporated a combined approach to provide services in both static clinics and with mobile teams. These services are particularly crucial for pregnant and lactating women. older people, and people with disabilities.


Our 2021 Impact in Syria
2.6M
healthcare consultations provided
71
mobile units and permanent healthcare facilities supported
694
healthcare providers trained
563K
number of people trained on improving and/or maintaining their physical and mental health

Stories from Syria

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

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“The weather has been the main reason for our emergency responses over the past two years.”

Cold weather, flooding and dangerous winds exacerbate health issues for displaced people in Syria.

To help, RI medical teams regularly visit camps to support residents dealing with these extreme conditions.

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From Facing Conflict to Finding a Calling in Syria

Reem was displaced by fighting, and forced to find shelter at an informal camp like millions of others in Syria. Now she is a Community Health Team Leader for RI, working in camps like the one she once lived in.

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Healing Trauma Through Supporting Others in Syria

Salma is a Community Health Team Leader for RI in Syria. She works with displaced families who have been devastated by the conflict, using her own experiences of the war to connect.

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Mobile Health Clinics in Syria: Reaching People Wherever We Are Needed

Relief International’s mobile health clinic provides much needed support to people in the hardest-to-reach parts of Syria.

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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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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 weather has been the main reason for our emergency responses over the past two years.”

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From Facing Conflict to Finding a Calling in Syria

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Healing Trauma Through Supporting Others in Syria

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Mobile Health Clinics in Syria: Reaching People Wherever We Are Needed

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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 weather has been the main reason for our emergency responses over the past two years.”

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From Facing Conflict to Finding a Calling in Syria

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Healing Trauma Through Supporting Others in Syria

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Mobile Health Clinics in Syria: Reaching People Wherever We Are Needed

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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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#10YearsSyria

Timeline of Our Work Supporting Syrians

The war in Syria began over 10 years ago. 

Relief International has been there every step of the way; providing humanitarian assistance and developmental support for those that need it most for over a decade.

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