The deadly conflict in Syria has created one of the world’s most urgent humanitarian crises:
- 7.5 million people displaced within Syria
- 4.0 million refugees fleeing the violence into neighboring Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and on into Europe, including 1 million children.
- 9.3 million people inside Syria in need of humanitarian assistance
- 470,000 people killed in the violence, with 70,000 deaths attributed to a lack of health care services and sanitation.
Health Crisis: As the civil conflict rages on, the need for health care services continues to increase for those people displaced within Syria, as well as Syrian families fleeing to neighboring countries. Many Syrian hospitals and health facilities are damaged or destroyed, and more than half of Syria's doctors have fled the country. We continue to provide aid to partners who are working to reduce human suffering and address the urgent needs of Syrians, wherever they are.
AmeriCares has been supporting health care services for Syrians displaced within the country, as well as Syrian families who have fled to neighboring countries since 2012. To date, AmeriCares has delivered $7 million in medical aid to the region including essential primary care medicines, chronic disease care medications, intravenous fluids and nerve gas antidote.
Our response to date includes:
- Multiple major aid shipments to partners delivering health care services in Syria, as well as those providing medical care for Syrian families seeking refuge in Jordan. Of the 4 million refugees who have fled to neighboring countries, 629,000 have sought refuge in Jordan.
- Two grants to help partners with local procurements of essential drugs and urgently needed medical equipment.
- Our most recent shipment for the crisis, in February 2016, contained antibiotics, cardiovascular medicine, intravenous fluids and diabetes medication to support the work of the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), which operates over 100 medical facilities in Syria, including underground trauma hospitals.
- $2.4+ million in medical aid to U.S.- based volunteer teams through our Medical Outreach program providing medical care for displaced families in Syria as well as those seeking refuge in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon.
With the continued flight of desperate Syrians to European countries – the United Nations Refugee Agency reports hundreds of thousands of refugees have crossed the Mediterranean, the majority coming from Syria. We are deeply concerned for the welfare of refugees risking their lives to flee the violence at home and are working with partner organizations in the region to determine how AmeriCares can best support women, children, the elderly, the disabled and other vulnerable populations affected by the intensifying crisis.
Our team traveled to Greece, Croatia, Serbia and Macedonia and met with local authorities, international nongovernmental organizations and other potential partners to better understand the gaps in health, medical care and mental health service provision. They identified a number of basic needs including medical professionals, trained psychosocial personnel, transportation support, food and water, hygiene supplies, clothing, medicines and supplies. AmeriCares has worked with a partner to support a mobile medical team that provided care to refugees arriving in Lesbos, Greece, from Turkey.
AmeriCares is delivering more than $3 million in medicine to help children and families in war-torn Syria. The shipments include antibiotics, cardiovascular medicine, intravenous fluids and diabetes medication.
Thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing to Jordan will receive enhanced health care as the result of a new partnership between AmeriCares and Medtronic, Inc. announced at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York City.
Syrian refugees fleeing to Lebanon face challenges managing chronic and sometimes life-threatening diseases. Each year, AmeriCares sends shipments of lifesaving medicines and supplies to ANERA Lebanon to reach underserved Lebanese and the refugee population, including the growing number of refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria.
As the deadly Syria crisis enters its fourth year, AmeriCares has provided more than $3.5 million in medical and humanitarian aid to help reduce suffering for families affected by the crisis.
Stamford, Conn. – March 13, 2014 – As the deadly conflict in Syria enters its fourth year, AmeriCares is preparing a major emergency shipment to help relieve severe shortages of medicines and supplies in the war-torn country.
An emergency shipment of atropine to treat nerve gas poisoning is being rushed to our response partners – the latest in AmeriCares large-scale response to help families fleeing the violence in Syria.
A new shipment of emergency medical aid is being rushed to our response partners – the latest in AmeriCares large-scale response to help families fleeing the violence in Syria.
In response to a deadly escalation in violence, a massive flow of refugees from war-torn Syria and a dangerous shortage of medicines, AmeriCares is preparing new shipments of urgently needed medical aid and funding for partners in the region to help reduce suffering for families affected by the crisis.
A team of AmeriCares aid workers in the field have reported urgent medical gaps in Syria and neighboring countries, where our partners are providing crucial care and humanitarian aid to people fleeing the horrific violence.
As the deadly civil war in Syria rages, AmeriCares has provided more than $2 million in medical aid, including antibiotics, chronic disease medicines and wound care supplies to help countless patients in desperate need.
Stamford, Conn. - Sept. 5, 2012 - An AmeriCares emergency aid shipment from its Stamford, Conn., headquarters arrived in Jordan this week to assist Syrian refugees as they continue to stream into the country.
In response to a deadly escalation in violence in war-torn Syria and a rapidly growing need for medical care in refugee camps, a second AmeriCares shipment of urgently needed medical aid arrived on September 3 to help innocent families in crisis.