The years of deadly conflict in Syria have created one of the world’s most urgent humanitarian crises:
- 6.6 million people displaced within Syria
- 4.8 million refugees fleeing the violence into neighboring Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and on into Europe, including 1 million children.
- Over 425,000 people have sought refuge in Europe
- 13.5 million people in need of humanitarian assistance
- An estimated 400,000 people have died in the violence, with as many as 70,000 deaths attributed to a lack of health care services and sanitation
Health Crisis: As the civil conflict rages on (now in its 6th year), 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 increasingly many more are targeted in the fighting. More than half of Syria's doctors have fled the country along with a large majority of other medical professionals. 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 more than $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 4.8 million refugees who have fled to neighboring countries, 629,000 have sought refuge in Jordan.
- Individual grants to help partners with local procurements of essential drugs and urgently needed medical equipment.
- A recent shipment for the crisis 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.
- A community-based health program conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Health in Jordan to build the capacity of participating Health Centers to provide better preventive services to help patients manage their non-communicable diseases and reduce future complications. Health care providers are receiving training and resources necessary to implement management and prevention-based patient care targeting both Syrian refugees in Jordan, as well as vulnerable Jordanians in host communities.
- $1.8 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
As desperate Syrians flee to neighboring countries and many continue to try to cross the Mediterranean in spite of border closings, we are working with partner organizations in the region to determine how AmeriCares can best support and expand health care services for people in camps as well as in communities overwhelmed by the influx of refugees.
Our staff has visited camps and communities in Jordan, Turkey and other neighboring countries as well as countries in Europe on the migration route. They have met and worked with local authorities, international nongovernmental organizations and other current and potential partners to identify gaps in health services for Syrian refugees in camps and host communities in Jordan and Turkey, as well as people inside Syria. We will continue our efforts to support health care for Syrian families caught it in this brutal war as long as our help is needed.
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.