Syria remains the country with the biggest number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in the world (6.7 million as of March 2021), most of whom have been displaced repeatedly and who live in precarious conditions. The continued conflict has devastated the health system. In northern Syria, many health facilities have been damaged or destroyed by the fighting, and others have often had to reduce services significantly.
We operate in Syria where we can, but ongoing insecurity and access constraints severely limit our ability to provide humanitarian assistance that matches the needs. Our repeated requests for permission to operate in areas controlled by the Syrian Government have not been granted.
We therefore only work where access could be negotiated, such as northwest and northeast Syria, which are under the control of other actors. There, we run and support hospitals and health centres, and provide healthcare through mobile clinics as well as water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services in displacement camps.