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Millions of people desperately need life-saving humanitarian aid. Throughout Syria, we provide support to people who have been trying to survive a brutal war for already seven years.
Population: 22.8 million
People displaced by the crisis: 12.3 million
Opening of mission in Syria: 2016
Areas of intervention in 2108: Homs, Aleppo, Idlib
Number of staff in the field in 2018: XX
Overview of the Crisis in Syria
In 2018, the Syrian conflict entered its eighth year and continued to cause massive displacement, loss of life, destruction of infrastructure and enormous suffering for civilians. More than 13 million people needed humanitarian aid. The number of victims of the conflict is estimated at between 400,000 and 500,000 lives. In 2018, the Syrian Human Rights Network documented 6,964 civilian casualties.
We have also noted significant violations of international humanitarian law. Attacks against civilians, torture and unprecedented attacks on medical facilities have become part of combat tactics. The World Health Organization (WHO) registered at least 137 attacks on health facilities in 2018, with 97 health workers losing their lives and 169 injured. This threat is one of the reasons limiting the provision of humanitarian and medical assistance in some areas.
The situation in the province of Idlib and in the surrounding areas of the provinces of Hama and Aleppo, which are under rebel control, is on the edge of a humanitarian disaster. More than 3 million people lived in Idlibo, of which about 1.9 million are internally displaced Syrians. Many had to run for the second or third time to a new place of temporary residence during the conflict. Provision of assistance to these areas, in particular to areas with a high concentration of the most vulnerable groups, remains very limited. The shortage of healthcare services, healthcare facilities, materials, medicines and healthcare professionals is acute. In 2018, it was further increased by direct attacks on medical facilities in the area.
A survey of unmet medical needs, in July 2018, showed that nearly half of Idlib's households identified the threat and fear of being away from home as a major barrier to access to health services. According to the REACH survey of October 2018 in the provinces of Hama, Idleb and Aleppo, health care was the top priority for more than three-quarters of the people evaluated in the communities surveyed. However, 65% of rated communities reported that healthcare facilities are not working in the community.
How is MAGNA helping in Syria?
In 2018 MAGNA, in cooperation with its partners, carried out two interventions in Syria. One at Al-Ekha Hospital, one of the largest hospitals for obstetrics, reproductive health, and gynecological surgery in northwestern Syria, near the IDP camps around Atmeh. The second project was carried out in a hospital in the besieged northern part of the Homs province, which was difficult to access. For security reasons, however, the project had to move to Al Farabi Hospital near the border between the opposition and government forces in the province of Aleppo.
Both MAGNA interventions focused on the urgent needs of vulnerable, war-affected, Syrian population and provided improved access to high-quality obstetric, reproductive, neonatal and child health care.