Syria: MSF expands relief efforts and sets up mobile clinics in quake-hit areas

  On Feb. 6 at 4.17 a.m., Mohammad and his family were shaken awake by the first of two massive earthquakes which hit large parts of northwest Syria and south Türkiye. “When the earthquake shook all the buildings, my wife and I took our children and ran to the school playground,” says Mohammad. “We stood there […]

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Syria: “One of the biggest needs now is mental health”

  Following the powerful earthquakes that hit southern Türkiye and northwestern Syria on Feb. 6, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams working in northwestern Syria have mobilized with local partners to respond to people’s increasing humanitarian needs. The situation in northwestern Syria is especially dire because of almost 12 years of war and the […]

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MSF aid convoy in relief of earthquake survivors enters northwest Syria

A Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) convoy of 14 trucks entered northwestern Syria today, arriving from Türkiye through the Hammam border crossing point. This first convoy carries 1,296 tents destined to families (of five people or more) left homeless by the earthquake and 1,296 winter kits to insulate the tents from the cold. Other […]

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Syria: “Hospitals were full of wounded and dead”

  According to the latest estimates by authorities, the earthquakes that hit Syria and Türkiye have killed more than 35,000 people. In northwest Syria, a largely landlocked region, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams already in the area enacted an emergency plan as of Feb. 6. The objective: to support hospitals and provide medical and material […]

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Earthquakes in Syria: “There is no time to waste in reaching the people of this region”

According to the latest estimates, the earthquakes that hit Türkiye and Syria have killed more than 21,000 people and injured tens of thousands more. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works with affected populations in northwestern Syria with nearly 500 staff members. At the time of the disaster, MSF was already there, supporting local communities […]

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Syria-Türkiye earthquakes: MSF supports treatment of thousands of injured people

Information about MSF’s response, below, is correct as of Feb. 8, 2023. Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams are providing and supporting medical care and relief assistance for thousands of injured people after the devestating earthquakes that hit Syria and Türkiye on Feb. 6.  Our teams have supported care for 3,465 injured people in […]

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Overwhelming needs as earthquakes hit south Türkiye and northwest Syria: MSF scales up its response

Latest update on the earthquakes Following the powerful earthquakes that hit the south of Türkiye and northwest Syria on February 6th,  Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), already supporting the population of northwest Syria, has mobilized its team along with local partners to respond to the increasing needs in the area. So far, the United […]

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No Health Care for a Child

Wide view of Al-Hol Camp with tents, Eastern Al- Hasakah Governorate, Northeastern Syria.

Ameena is a nine-year-old girl who lost both her parents. She lives in the Annex in Al Hol camp, Syria, and is taken care of by another sympathetic camp resident. I first met Ameena in the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) clinic in November. She developed kidney disease back in August and was referred […]

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No Place For a Child: A Canadian Doctor’s First-Hand Account of Al-Hol Camp, Syria

Woman dressed in a black dress walking in front of a make shift shop.

Al Hol camp was not the first camp of displaced people I have worked in with Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), but it certainly was the most disturbing. The suffering in this camp is not seen in the traditional health indicators we usually measure. Here in Al Hol, the suffering is both deeply […]

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