Overwhelming needs as earthquakes hit south Türkiye and northwest Syria
MSF scales up its response
Following the powerful earthquakes that hit the south of Türkiye (formerly Turkey) and northwest Syria on February 6th, 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.
As of the latest report on February 9, at least 20,000 people have been killed and tens of thousands injured. And those numbers are, sadly, going up as local authorities continue their search for survivors.
In northwest Syria, our teams have been able to work since the early hours to respond to this influx because we already had a presence in the region for many years. Apart from treating wounded survivors, we have also donated emergency kits, and we are in touch with authorities in northwest Syria and Turkey to provide support. As many homes have been destroyed, MSF is also supporting displaced people in the region with donations of blankets and essential life kits.
MSF's response to the earthquakes in Syria
Key data as of February 24, 2023:
- Relief items distributed: 30,232
- Mobile clinics consultations: 5,667
- Number of mental health consultations: 450
- Medical supplies donated: 27 tons
- Hospitals supported: 32
MSFs response in Türkiye
Key data as of February 25, 2023:
- More than 27,000 hygiene kits distributed
- More than 14,000 Relief items distributed
- More than 20,000 liters of water provided
- More than 180,000 meals served
- More than 9,000 food items distributed
- More than 34 tones of wood distributed
All MSF relief activities in Türkiye are carried out in collaboration with local partners as this is the model we have to use to help people affected.
Our Current Response to the Earthquake