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Syria Joint Response II: Medical and Food support in Aleppo and Idlib

The Syria conflict has resulted in the world’s largest humanitarian crisis since WOII. Currently 13.5 million people are in need. Since the conflict is turning into its fifth year, coping mechanisms are depleted and many families are forced to desperate measures to survive. 8.7 million people are unable to meet their basic food needs, making food support a priority. Additionally, the cost of a standard food basket has increased 3 times.

Staggering need 
Between June – August 2015, every two days a healthcare facility was (partly) destroyed by aerial bombing, leaving immense constraints on access and availability of health services and loss of medical personnel. Currently, 11.5 million people are in need of health assistance. The WHO indicates that the main concerns are the lack of qualified staff, basic utilities, medicine and equipment. Maternal health care is severely affected; approximately 0.5 million women are currently pregnant inside Syria from which at least 45,000 women are estimated to be at risk of complications. Additionally, many women are in need of medical and psychosocial support after surviving sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Without access to care, the needs of the 1.5 million people with (war-related) disabilities are going unmet and are creating severe suffering.

Dorcas programme
During 2016 and 2017 Dorcas will:

  • Provide 8,000 families with food support
  • Provide 1,115 individuals with a disability with mobility aids and rehabilitation therapy
  • Provide 4,500 individuals with primary and secondary health care, with a special focus on women

Syria Joint Response phase II
The aid that is currently provided is the next step of a relief process that has already begun in and around Syria. The unique cooperation allows the organisation to better support those who have had to leave everything behind because of the war. Humanitarian relief in the region is essential for the lives of many. It meets the basic needs of people and offers them hope for the future. Lifesaving activities that are provided are focused on protection, shelter, food, health, drinking water, hygiene and education.

The Syria Joint Response, which Dorcas is part of, along with eleven other organisations, receives twelve million euros from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The organisations offer relief to approximately 570,000 victims of the conflict in Syria. The work is being done in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan in 2016 and 2017.