What is Happening?
Syrian Crisis starting as of March 2011 continues uninterruptedly. According to the 2016 report of UNCHR, over 250.000 have lost their lives in Syria. 6 and a half million people, including 4 million children, were forced to migrate. According to the same report, 13 and a half million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance.
About 5 and a half million people in Syria, where war has ruined the whole country since the start of the crisis, are waiting for immediate help in places where access is almost impossible. The situation of hundreds of thousands of people in Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor, Daraya, Fua, Kafriya and East Ghouta, especially under siege, is becoming more and more worrying.
What do We do?
Since the very first day of the crisis, Yeryüzü Doktorları has been providing health services to people affected by this crisis with the support of donors and volunteers.
Within the scope of these aid activities, firstly, in the Wadi Khaled region on the Syrian-Lebanese border, a Triage Centre has been formed. Voluntary Health Teams have been sent to Tripoli. A blood bank and a laboratory were established in Darül Shifa Hospital, which provides free services to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. By opening a pharmaceutical warehouse in Syria, delivery of medicine and medical equipment together with medical supplies consisting of first aid kits and surgical bags have been realised. With the reflection of the impact of the crisis on the Turkish borders, the efforts have been intensified in regions where the refugee camps are located in Turkey. In this context, primary health and psychological support services are provided for Syrian refugees.
Below, you will be able to access the projects we have carried out within the Syrian Crisis:
In Syria, where the health service infrastructure has been severely damaged due to the civil war that has entered its seventh year, the basic health services are not provided sufficiently to the local people who are obliged to internal migration. After the Euphrates Shield Operation, the population is constantly increasing with internal migration, and in these areas, primary health care services are provided through the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health and a limited number of non-governmental organizations.
In the Soran district of the city of Azez with has a population of nearly 130.000 where the number of facilities that provide primary health services are less, a clinic where primary health services shall be provided and the related location selection works have been completed and services have been initiated as of June 2018. During the project period, 200 births and 6000 treatments are expected to be performed in 12 months.
In December 2016, Aleppo, one of the most important cities of Syria evacuations have been started. Yeryüzü Doktorları provide medicines, hygiene kits, health care support for people evacuated from East Aleppo which is under siege.
During the year 2017, a program was initiated to provide food support to 2500 mothers, infants and children in order to support people in the East Ghouta where 420 thousand people live under siege. In addition, in this region, for 6 months, under the supervision of experts, regular nutrition support shall be provided to nursing or pregnant mothers, 0-2 year-old babies and children between 3-5 years. Click for detailed information.
The station was established in December 2012 and continues to serve refugees until the moment in the district of Yayladagi, in Turkey’s southern Province of Hatay.
The health station operates 5 and-a-half days a week with a team of 16 people including a gynecologist, a cardiologist, a physiotherapist, a pharmacist, a dentist, a laboratory, a pediatrician and two nurses in addition to two administrative and five assisting personnel.
On daily basis, an average of 150 patients are examined and treated in the departments of internal medicine, family medicine and dentistry, free medicines are dispensed by the stations pharmacy as well.
DWWT provided equipment support and covered the administrative costs of the Yamadi Hospital in Syria. The hospital located in the Turkmen Mountain region, close to the Turkish border, provided healthcare services to Syrians who fled from Latakia governorate to the regions alongside the border.
The average of 3,000 examinations and 70 surgical operations were performed on monthly basis due to the hospitals critical location that made it a host for emergency cases.
The wages of the doctors were met by the donations collected for our campaign “Syria Needs That Doctor,” while the pharmacy warehouse was supported by medicine donations.
In March 2016, The Yamadi Hospital was hit by heavy bombardment and became inoperable. In response to this violence, we work to put it back into service.
Following the heavy attacks on the Syrian city of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab) and the surrounding villages on the September 19, 2014, Volunteer Medical Team of Yeryüzü Doktorları was sent on a mission to provide healthcare services to kobani’s refugees in the district of Suruc in the Turkish city of Sanliurfa’s. Our team established a healthcare station to help refugees staying in makeshift tents and surrounding villages. A total number of 25,000 inspections were carried out by 3 doctors and a pharmacist until the end of 2015
The 50 thousand Syrian migrating to Azez region from Aleppo corridor of Syria at the beginning of 2016 took refuge in 9 camps extending to Turkish border from Azez region. In the Haremeyn camp which has 10 thousand Syrian refugees and that is the most further from the border among these camps, a clinic has been established that is providing primary health services. The clinic where 100 patients are examined by 1 doctor and 1 nurse has been closed due the camp is scattered due to safety issues as armed clashes have reached so close to the camp.
In November 2014, Yeryüzü Doktorları, with the sponsorship of UN ECHO and partnership of MdM (Medicine Du Monde), launched a project in the Maden Camp, at the southeastern Turkish town of Şirnak, to provide primary healthcare service to the Yazidi’s who took refuge in the camp after arriving in Turkey. The station is still functioning until the moment.
In May 2015, the project was expanded to include both the southeastern cities of Batman and Diyarbakir, two stations were put into service in Batman and one in Diyarbakir’s Fidanlik Camp.
Within the scope of the program, a total of 44,256 examinations were carried out at the health stations until the end of the project and free medicines amounting to 312,156 TL was provided.
Within the scope of the project initiated in Bezmialem University Hospital Fatih Clinic in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) using the EU ECHO grant, to provide health services to Syrians, free examination under internal medicine, gynaecology, child, family medicine and general surgery branches, laboratory service and medicine delivery has been provided. The clinic provides service between 17.30-21.30 on weekdays and 14.30-18.30 on Saturdays.
Refugees arriving to Turkey under the Syrian Crisis that want to cross to Europe have started to settle in the cities to the west, especially in İstanbul and İzmir. In these regions, refuge groups who had to accommodate in adverse conditions and who had issues accessing to health services, have become present. Refugees who have reached a serious population in İzmir are unable to benefit from many services due to the language barrier.
For this reason, the clinic has started to provide primary health care and psychosocial support in a clinic in the Basmane region of İzmir with EU ECHO grant and MDM partnership as of February 22, 2016.
In addition, a mobile healthcare team in İzmir initiated its activities as of 21 March 2016. Within the scope of the mobile health team primary health care service, there are 20 daily vaccinations, 12 pregnant followings and family planning and 10 psychosocial support.
Refugees arriving to Turkey under the Syrian Crisis that want to cross to Europe have started to settle in the cities to the west, especially in İstanbul and İzmir. In these regions, refuge groups who had to accommodate in adverse conditions and who had issues accessing to health services, have become present. Refugees who have reached a serious population are unable to benefit from many services due to the language barrier.
For this reason, the clinic has started to provide primary health care and psychosocial support in a clinic in the Sultangazi region of İstanbul with EU ECHO grant and MDM partnership as of April 25, 2016.
In the clinic, an average of 30 vaccination, 50 pregnancy monitoring and family planning and 95 psychosocial support is provided.
Yeryüzü Doktorları, who also support Syrian refugees with psychosocial services, employ psychologists in the clinics it has opened for the purpose of providing primary health care provides psychological support to people affected by traumatic experiences.
In addition, periodic studies have been carried out with adaptation activities-projects in the schools where Syrian children study and pedagogical formation trainings for Syrian teachers.
Within the scope of Syria crisis, many hospitals and clinics within Syria and in regions where Syrians have migrated (Turkey, Lebanon) have been provided with medicine and equipment support. The sum of these supports reached 8.476.466,65 TL in cash and 1.411.000,00 TL in kind.
Moreover, in this context, in order to minimize the number of people who have lost their lives or who have been disabled due to injury and inability to intervene early, surgical bags for health workers and first aid kits for the public were prepared and distributed.
What can you do?
With little donations, you can lead to great changes in the lives of people you don’t know at all. Because all the support to date have been made with the strength we gained from your goodness.