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Middle East

Türkiye

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FRAGILITY RANKING

62nd out of 180 countries


Overview

In 2014, Türkiye became the country hosting the world’s largest number of refugees. It is estimated that 4 million refugees have sought safe haven in Türkiye and they are mostly from neighboring war-torn or instable countries: Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, and Ukraine.

The influx of thousands of refugees from around the region has created enormous challenges in Türkiye.

Many refugees come to Türkiye with complex injuries, both physical and emotional. Thousands have sustained life-altering physical injuries due to the conflict, while for others the psychological trauma of war and violence is ongoing.

These refugees need health, rehabilitation and protection services, but COVID-19 and a weak socio-economic situation means the country’s infrastructure, healthcare system, and economy is struggling to meet the needs of so many. As a result, the majority of the refugee population is unable to access the services necessary to rebuild their lives and begin to plan for their futures.

We began working from Türkiye in 2013, with a focus on providing medical services and water trucking across the southern border into Syria. But as the Syrian crisis expanded to impact the country’s neighbors, so have our programs to meet the growing need in Türkiye itself. We support both the refugee population and vulnerable members of the communities that host them.

We currently support six comprehensive rehabilitation centers across Türkiye for refugees with disabilities. These centers specialize in providing prosthetics, orthotics, and physical therapy and mental health services for refugees with disabilities.

In addition to addressing refuges immediate needs, Relief International is also leading humanitarian efforts to raise aware about disabilities among refugee communities. We have conducted several studies about the prevalence of disabilities among these communities, and have provided training to civil actors and public institutes about disability and inclusion. We also regularly coordinate with other humanitarian organizations, working groups, public institutions, and local authorities to identify and eradicate key barriers to inclusion.

“Often, people think that receiving a prosthetic is the final step for someone who has lost a limb during conflict. However, in many ways, it is just the start of an adjustment process that requires hours of painstaking work,” says RI Senior Project Officer, Mohammed Dahan. “The person must learn how to live with their device, how to maintain it, and how to strengthen their body to use it correctly.”

“Our services are designed holistically to help prosthetic recipients overcome the physical and mental challenges they encounter in this process.”


Our 2021 Impact in Türkiye
5.4K
number of people trained on improving and/or maintaining their physical and mental health
9
healthcare facilities supported
47K
mental health and physical rehabilitation consultations provided
1K
people provided with prosthetics and other mobility aids
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Improving Access to Livelihood Opportunities in Turkey

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Improving Access to Livelihood Opportunities in Turkey

“From a person who didn’t have anything to a person that has something, there is a big difference,” says Omar, a Syrian refugee in Türkiye who found a new job after taking part in an RI project.

 

Stories From Türkiye

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

Türkiye

Hassan’s Story: Learning to Walk for a Second Time

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Relief Through Physical Therapy in Turkey

Pain in her hands, arms and neck made it difficult for Taiba to walk. After a series of physical therapy sessions at an RI-supported center in Turkey, she can now walk, use her fingers, and lift her.

 

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Treating Spina Bifida in Turkey

Mahmoud was born with Spina Bifida, which made it difficult to sit on his own and move around freely.

After months of hard work at a RI-supported physical rehabilitation center, he can now sit, get up, crawl, and move around without any help.

 

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Finding Health and Hope in Turkey

Omer’s leg was amputated after an airstrike hit his home in Syria when he was 2.

His recovery has taken time, but he is now finally able to walk again.

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On the Road to Physical Recovery

Recovering from a life threatening illness requires huge amounts of resilience and hard work. Dalal, a 60 year old Syrian refugee living in Turkey, has both.

Dalal attended physical therapy sessions at a center operated by RI after having a stroke. The sessions dramatically improved her quality of life, helping her slowly regain her mobility and independence.

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Türkiye

Providing Life-Changing Prosthetics for Syrian Refugees

One and a half million people in Syria are currently living with permanent impairments, including over 80,000 who have lost limbs.

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The Invisible Injuries of War

The damage to mental health for many Syrian children and adults is both chronic and severe. Relief International works across Turkey to improve the mental health of traumatized Syrian refugees.

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Somalia

Meet 5 Women Breaking Down Barriers

At Relief International, women are at the forefront of the organization, serving in a number of senior leadership positions as Country Directors, Program Officers, Project Managers, as well as Relief International’s Former President and CEO. Meet some of the Relief International women working day in and day out to ensure the people we serve in fragile settings receive the support they need.

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Hassan’s Story: Learning to Walk for a Second Time

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Relief Through Physical Therapy in Turkey

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Treating Spina Bifida in Turkey

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Finding Health and Hope in Turkey

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On the Road to Physical Recovery

Rahaf is a technician who makes prosthetic limbs at Relief International's clinic. Rachel Elkind/RI

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Providing Life-Changing Prosthetics for Syrian Refugees

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The Invisible Injuries of War

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Meet 5 Women Breaking Down Barriers

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Rahaf is a technician who makes prosthetic limbs at Relief International's clinic. Rachel Elkind/RI
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Hassan’s Story: Learning to Walk for a Second Time

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Relief Through Physical Therapy in Turkey

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Treating Spina Bifida in Turkey

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Finding Health and Hope in Turkey

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On the Road to Physical Recovery

Rahaf is a technician who makes prosthetic limbs at Relief International's clinic. Rachel Elkind/RI

Providing Life-Changing Prosthetics for Syrian Refugees

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The Invisible Injuries of War

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Meet 5 Women Breaking Down Barriers

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Featured Project

Giving a Voice to Those Silenced by War

Türkiye hosts the world’s largest number of refugees, the majority of whom have escaped war-torn countries mainly from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq. Relief International supports them through specialized healthcare programs as well as social services.

For some, the conflict has left them with brain injuries and they’re having to learn to speak again. Our trained speech therapists help give them back their voice.

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