20230206 Earthquake, Idlib, Northwestern Syria

Türkiye and Syria earthquake response

Powerful earthquakes hit the south of Türkiye and northwest Syria in February, resulting in over 59,000 deaths and many more injuries, as well as massive damage to infrastructure.

The consequences of the earthquakes have exacerbated the already precarious humanitarian situation for people in northwest Syria. Fifty-five medical facilities in Syria were damaged and several others have been completely destroyed, hindering their capacity to respond.

We have brought over 40 trucks of medical and non-medical items into northwest Syria and provided relief items to people most affected by the earthquakes. Following the acute phase, our focus shifted towards providing shelter, food and relief items, ensuring access to healthcare, as well as water and sanitation services.

More recently, we have started focusing on long-term strategic activities to ensure the continuity and sustainability of healthcare provision in northwest Syria. For this, we have started the construction of a new maternity centre in Jindires and rehabilitating three hospitals and general healthcare centres in Idlib. 

Our teams are also running recreational and psychological aid activities, especially for children, and are currently supporting a hospital in Idlib governorate to provide follow-up and reconstructive surgeries to people affected by the earthquakes.

Our teams in south Türkiye are conducting relief activities in collaboration with local partners through donations (providing over 38,000 hygiene kits, over 96 tons of fruits and vegetables and over 2.6 million litres of water). 

In addition, we have provided mental health and psychosocial support to people affected by the earthquakes. Our support also includes water and sanitation improvements, showers and toilet installation, amongst other services.

MSF response to the earthquakes in Syria (as of 30 April)

Responding to the acute needs in Türkiye
Türkiye and Syria earthquake response

MSF hands over emergency interventions in Türkiye

Project Update 31 May 2023
Malnutrition emergency: mobile clinic in Ranobe
Türkiye and Syria earthquake response

MSF delegation in Damascus to deliver additional relief aid

Statement 18 Apr 2023
Mental Health support for people affected by the earthquakes in Türkiye
Türkiye and Syria earthquake response

After the dust settles: The mental health needs in Türkiye

Project Update 11 Apr 2023
Providing healthcare among the rubble in Jindires
Türkiye and Syria earthquake response

Northwest Syria: Providing healthcare amongst the rubble in Jindires

Project Update 27 Mar 2023
Malatya, Türkiye, after earthquakes
Türkiye and Syria earthquake response

Surviving among the rubble: Syria and Türkiye one month on

Interview 9 Mar 2023
Hepatitis E cases in Al-Tanideba, Sudan
Türkiye and Syria earthquake response

MSF remains committed to providing care in all areas of Syria

Press Release 22 Feb 2023
MSF Shipment from Dubaï hub to Syria
Türkiye and Syria earthquake response

MSF calls for urgent assistance to people in northwest Syria

Press Release 19 Feb 2023
Earthquake Northwestern Syria, 7 February 2023
Natural disasters

Hospitals overwhelmed after earthquakes: “The rooms were covered in blood”

Voices from the Field 17 Feb 2023
MSF response to the earthquakes through Atmeh Hospital
Natural disasters

Vital needs grow in northwest Syria after the earthquakes

Project Update 15 Feb 2023