Syria Crisis

 

Syria: the 21st Century's Worst Crisis


Syria’s civil war is in its fifth year with no end in sight. The conflict has claimed an estimated 250,000 lives and driven over 4.8 million Syrians to take refuge in neighboring countries, making it the largest refugee displacement since WWII. An estimated 6.5 million additional civilians have been displaced within Syria itself. Despite challenges accessing those displaced both inside and outside the country, International Medical Corps continues to provide comprehensive response programs in five countries—Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

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QUICK FACTS

  • 13.5 million people are in need of humanitarian aid in Syria
  • 6.5 million people are internally displaced in Syria
  • Over 4.8 million refugees have fled to neighboring countries
  • 5.6 million children are affected by the crisis
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RECENT STORY

A SAD GOODBYE TO SYRIA

A Syrian refugee in Lebanon recounts her escape from her homeland after suffering a grave injury. Em Abed* is a 42-year-old Syrian refugee living in Akkar, Lebanon. She comes from Al Qusseir, a Syrian city that has witnessed heavy battles since the beginning of the crisis. She was a farmer back in Syria. From her new “home” in Lebanon, she recalls her journey in an ambulance through the war-torn landscape.

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13.5 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance. International Medical Corps has seen firsthand the sheer state that these refugees were in when they crossed over the borders.
 

ONGOING PROGRAMS


International Medical Corps is continuing to provide comprehensive response programs in Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey

Our programs include a broad range of services, including:

Primary Health Care

We support static health clinics established by national authorities, manage health centers in refugee camps, and operate mobile medical units (MMUs) to reach refugees and IDPs who do not have access to local health care. This program provides an effective delivery of basic health care that promotes overall health and early diagnosis of disease.

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support

To address the critical mental health needs of children growing up amid armed conflict, we have established child-friendly spaces both in refugee camps and in urban areas where many refugees reside. These are places where children can feel safe, play and interact with one another. We also training general health care providers--including Syrians—to detect and address mental health problems. Case managers then follow up to ensure that those with mental health issues are put in touch with any additional services they may need.
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Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

We distribute hygiene kits to refugees and IDPs and conduct training on essential hygiene promotion topics.
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Protection

We provide programs focusing on preventing gender-based violence (GBV) and operate youth empowerment programming for IDPs and refugees. In Jordan, we implement a girl’s empowerment program to build leadership skills.
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Read more about our programs in: Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey
 

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