Since October 2012, Médecins du Monde has been working with Syrian nurses, midwives, pharmacists and doctors to provide primary health care and sexual and reproductive health to people living in various IDP camps and in urban and rural areas across Syria.
In 2018, our humanitarian association provided primary health care and sexual and reproductive health, including prenatal, postnatal and family planning services and access to quality treatment, to more than 500,000 people in the governorates of Idlib, Aleppo, Dara’a, Damascus, Raqqa and Al-Hasakah. Mental health care services (psychosocial support activities, clinical interventions and community support) were also provided at Médecins du Monde clinics in Idlib and Al-Hasakah.
Finally, our NGO provides emergency assistance in terms of the supply of essential medicines and deploys mobile teams to meet the needs of the population affected by the conflict. The needs are particularly relevant for people with chronic diseases, unvaccinated children, pregnant women without obstetric care or women in general who do not have access to sexual health care.
The objective of our action remains the protection of civilians from further military offensives. WHO estimates that 13.2 million people in Syria are in need of medical assistance. The availability of essential drugs and equipment, which are extremely scarce in times of war, is ensured through local partners, and local health personnel are supported to ensure the continuity of services in a context where public authorities no longer finance health structures throughout the country.
We are acting to:
– Provide primary health care and sexual and reproductive health care for Syrian men and women
– Provide a continuum of services and care, when governments no longer fund the country’s health facilities
– Organize emergency assistance
– Support post-operative care centers
– Train staff of these centers in the care of victims of the conflict, mutilated and traumatized
Intervention regions (2019): governorates of Aleppo, Idlib, Rural Damascus, Al-Hasakah and Raqqa.