Medair helping people displaced from Afrin, Syria
Tens of thousands of women, children, and men have fled the northern Syrian city of Afrin amidst the ongoing and escalating crisis.
This is where we come in.
Many Syrians have lost family members, friends, neighbors, and their communities. Many more lack access to basic services such as health care, water, sanitation, and education. Medair is responding in Rural Damascus governorate, Homs governorate, and Aleppo.
Many communities have been overwhelmed by the number of people fleeing conflict – people have been displaced from near and far – and existing health services are overburdened. In response, Medair rehabilitates primary health care facilities and trains health staff, so more people can access the health care they need. Medair also provides training for community health volunteers and supports malnutrition screening and treatment.
The influx of people to urban areas stretches the water supply. In an effort to minimize the risks associated with insufficient amounts of safe water, Medair helps increase the water supply in urban areas. Medair assists the most vulnerable households in these areas by providing water storage tanks or similar facilities so they can store water and are better able cope with daily fluctuations in supply.
The most vulnerable families who flee do not have money to rent an apartment nor do they have relatives with whom they can stay. Often they end up living in unfinished buildings, which are concrete shells with open unsafe stairways, no doors or windows, and often without electricity or running water. Medair provides emergency shelter kits, repairs to substandard dwellings, and household adaptions to assist people with disabilities.
Humanitarian Aid Coordination
Medair is one of a limited number of international NGOs currently registered to work in Syria. We coordinate with these NGOs, UN agencies, the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), as well as with the ministries of Health, Water Resources, and Local Administration. In order to impartially prioritize the needs of the most vulnerable, our staff undertake field visits to all potential project sites to conduct independent needs assessments before a project location is confirmed. Medair independently selects contractors for supplies and services, and regularly conducts on-site follow-up to monitor progress, thereby maintaining direct oversight of the delivery of services we support.
patients treated at 5 Medair-supported health clinics
people gained improved access to safe drinking water in 4 different areas
people in unfinished buildings benefited from winter shelter kits
Generous gifts from people like you
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
Syrian Humanitarian Fund (UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs)
EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid