Last updated 28 November 2016
Turkey hosts more than 2.5 million Syrian refugees. In Kilis, MSF is working in partnership with Citizens' Assembly to provide primary healthcare and mental health psychosocial support for Syrian refugees. Between 1 January and 31 August, the primary health care component of the project provided 21,153 outpatient consultations. In the mental health programme, 2,648 individual psychological sessions were conducted, and 1,804 group counselling or home visit sessions with undertaken by trained community health workers.
In Sanliurfa province, MSF works in partnership with two Turkish NGOs (Support to Life and International Blue Crescent Foundation) to provide mental health services. Through this partnership, assistance is also provided to refugees arriving from Kobane and Tal Abyad, with food and hygiene kit distributions, and improvement of water and sanitation infrastructure in the camps.
MSF worked in Akcakale transit camp from November 2015 until it closed in May 2016. The Akcakale camp was hosting 4,000 refugees, and approximately 300 were voluntarily relocated to other camps while the rest preferred to live outside. MSF distributed hygiene kits to those who decided to live outside camps in the outskirts of Akcakale town.
MSF is providing financial and technical support to partner agency Hayata Destek (Support to Life) in Şanlıurfa province. A program to provide mental healthcare and psychosocial support to Syrian refugees in Şanlıurfa is ongoing. MSF also provides financial and technical support to International Blue Crescent Relief and Development Foundation to support their provision of mental healthcare and psychosocial support activities for Syrian refugees through a community centre in Akçakale.
In Gaziantep, the Voluntary Health Center for People under Temporary Protection opened in December 2015 co-lead by MSF and Physicians Across Continents. The centre provides sexual and reproductive healthcare and outpatient consultations to women and children. The MSF-run sexual and reproductive healthcare activities at the clinic ceased in April 2016, but MSF continues to provide consultations to its patients by supporting the Primary Health Care Association, a Syrian medical facility based in Gaziantep.
Activities 2015 International Activity Report
Over 2.5 million Syrians had sought refuge in Turkey by the end of 2015.
The situation for Syrian refugees living in Turkey remains extremely difficult: the vast majority are living in poor conditions in urban slums, with few work opportunities and limited access to medical care. Since the Syrian conflict started in 2011, more than 67,000 Syrian children have been born in Turkey.
In June, MSF was granted authorisation by the Turkish authorities to carry out medical and humanitarian activities for the growing number of refugees in the country.
Working on the Syrian-Turkish border
In Hatay, in collaboration with the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (known by its French acronym, UOSSM), MSF carries out reconstructive surgery missions. It also supports the mental health clinic run by the UOSSM.
In Kilis, MSF works with the Helsinki Citizens’ Assembly, whose clinic provides basic healthcare, including mental health services, to Syrian refugees. The clinic conducted 35,636 outpatient and 10,508 antenatal and postnatal consultations in 2015.
In late December, in partnership with Physicians Across Continents (PAC), MSF opened a new facility in Gaziantep offering free healthcare to Syrian women and children. A Syrian team of gynaecologists and midwives provides antenatal and postnatal care, family planning services and gynaecology consultations; PAC covers paediatric care. MSF had already treated 117 patients between the opening of the facility on 21 December and the end of the year. The clinic has the capacity to carry out 2,000 reproductive health consultations per month. Deliveries and more complicated cases are referred to a local Turkish hospital.
MSF continued to support partner organisation Hayata Destek (Support to Life) in the implementation of a mental healthcare programme for Syrian refugees. In May, a water and sanitation project was completed in Suruç, providing latrines, showers and water for refugees from Kobanê, Syria, who had been living in temporary camps since September 2014. From June to September in Akçakale, in collaboration with Hayata Destek, MSF distributed food and hygiene items to 20,000 refugees displaced from Tal Abyad in Syria. MSF also supported an International Blue Crescent Relief and Development Foundation mental healthcare centre in Akçakale, treating Syrian refugees.
Year MSF first worked in the country: 1999.
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