Syria

In Syria, obviously security was also on the top of the list of priorities to be looked after and I have to say I learned the hard way on a couple of things in this area. We had some unfortunate incidents where people came in with weapons.
© Nicole TUNG
Our field hospitals in Syria are ‘undercover’. Initially, we were running a hospital inside a cave then it was moved into a non functioning farm – a better location and we could adapt it to reduce the risk of shrapnel or mortar fire.
© Anna SURINYACH/ MSF
A measles epidemic is sweeping through districts of northern Syria, with up to 7,000 known cases, an indication that humanitarian needs are increasing and the country’s healthcare system is in a state of collapse after more than two years of civil war. Teams from MSF have vaccinated more than 75,...
© MSF/Anna SURINYACH
On June 7th, the United Nations convenes in Geneva for a joint launch of the Syria humanitarian assistance plan for 2013. Dr Mego TERZIAN, President of MSF delivered a speech and relay our call to the UN and to all relevant States asking for an urgent increase of the level of assistance for the...
© Michael GOLDFARB/MSF
After more than two years of raging conflict in Syria, humanitarian assistance inside the country and in neighbouring states hosting Syrian refugees remains far below massive and growing needs. As the United Nations convenes in Geneva on June 7, Médecins Sans Frontières calls upon it and all...
The conflict in Syria is extremely intense, an estimated 6.8 million people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance while some 1.4 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries that are overwhelmed and where the humanitarian response has so far been unable to meet their needs. MSF is...
© Anna SURINYACH/ MSF
Eighteen-year-old Salwah MEKRSH is unable to walk. Her mother and her sister push Salwah’s wheelchair through the streets of Kilis, a Turkish city near the border with Syria. The three of them stop under the shade of a lemon tree in a small courtyard. As Salwah waits for her mental health...
From Rural Damascus living in Shatilla camp Two years ago life started to become very difficult for us. First everything became more expensive. There was no more work. The war started coming closer and closer to us, until eventually we were surrounded by fighting. My mother in law was very sick –...
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MSF Psychologist Audrey MAGIS has just returned from spending two months working in Syria. Her role was to set up and run a mental health programme in one of MSF’s projects in the north of the country. Previously she had worked for MSF in Gaza, in Libya and in a camp for Syrian refugees. She...
Cathy JANSSENS is a Belgian midwife, recently returned from an MSF assignment in Syria. © Nicole TUNG
I went to Syria to set up a mother-and-child health programme in one of the MSF hospitals in Syria. At that time there was no other female medic in the hospital. So I found myself confronted with considerable responsibilities and a huge workload. When I arrived, the maternal health activities for...
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