Snapshots from Northern Syria
War has raged in Syria for the best part of a decade, killing hundreds of thousands of people, displacing millions more, and creating extreme levels of destruction and suffering.

Civilian areas have been routinely bombed and deprived of assistance, and access to healthcare remains extremely poor in many areas. We operate in Syria where we can, but ongoing insecurity and access constraints – the Syrian government has not granted MSF authorisation to operate in the country – severely limit our activities and hamper our ability to provide humanitarian assistance that matches the scale of the needs.

In areas where access could be negotiated and where we have assurances about our staff safety, we run or support hospitals and health centres, and provide healthcare in displacement camps. In areas where no international presence is possible, we maintain a system of distance support, consisting of donations of medicines, medical equipment and relief items; remote training of medical staff; technical medical advice and financial assistance to cover facilities’ running costs.

Our teams are currently responding to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

MSF activities in Idlib, Northwest Syria | WEBCLIP ENG
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MSF activities in Idlib, northwest Syria

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MSF activities in Idlib, northwest Syria

The governorate of Idlib currently hosts hundreds of thousands displaced Syrians. Many are living in informal camps that lack almost all services and are seriously overcrowded. MSF’s mobile clinics visit some of these camps on a weekly basis, to provide essential medical services such as vaccinations and primary healthcare consultations. We also conduct water and sanitation activities to improve the living conditions in the camps, and organise distributions of essential relief items.

Why are we here?

In 2019
 
Airstrikes hit an MSF-supported hospital in Dara’a governorate.
Syria

"MSF adapts to respond to the needs of a war-afflicted population"

Voices from the Field 8 May 2017
 
MSF HOSPITAL, IDLIB Region, SYRIA
Syria

MSF condemns incursion by armed men into supported hospitals in East Ghouta

Statement 1 May 2017
 
NFI distribution
Syria

A family returns to a village battered by war

Voices from the Field 11 Apr 2017
 
NFI distribution
Syria

Instability in the south

Project Update 11 Apr 2017
 
Syria

Khan Sheikhoun victims have symptoms consistent with exposure to chemical substances

Statement 5 Apr 2017
 
Journal article

Describing the toll of war on health in absentia

3 Apr 2017
Journal article
 
North Syria, Jan 2017
Syria

Explosive devices have deadly impact on people fleeing or returning home

Report 2 Apr 2017
 
Syria

Medical staff and patient killed in an attack on MSF-supported hospital

Press Release 31 Mar 2017
 
Medical care on the frontline - North Syria
Syria

An obligation to tell the world

Project Update 30 Mar 2017
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