The conflict in Syria has sparked one of the worst humanitarian crises in modern times. More than 11 years of conflict have had devastating consequences, including the widespread destruction of civilian infrastructure, the degradation of basic services, and the displacement and impoverishment of millions of Syrians.
Across Syria, at least 14.6 million people remain in need of humanitarian assistance, an increase of 1.2 million from 2021. With nearly 7 million people forcibly displaced within its borders, Syria continues to be one of the world’s worst internal displacement crises. In northwest Syria, at least 4 million people are in dire need of humanitarian assistance, including nearly 3 million forcibly displaced by the conflict. Among those displaced, 2.2 million have acute shelter needs and nearly 1 million people – primarily women and children – continue to live in old tents at internal displacement camps without clean water, adequate sewage, electricity, or heating.
In recent months, families in Syria began facing a new and serious health threat – an outbreak of Cholera – an acute diarrheal infection caused by contaminated water or food, which, if not treated early, can be fatal. The acute shortages of clean, safe water due to the destruction of the infrastructure helped spread the disease and continues to threaten an already vulnerable population. Just like during the COVID-19 pandemic, SAMS facilities and teams were essential in the response to the cholera outbreak, providing medications and rehydration fluids to the sick and distributing supplies to families for disease prevention and control.
As health needs continue to grow, SAMS’ brave medical personnel are delivering an average of 190,000 medical services per month in northwest and northern Syria, including emergency and trauma care, cancer treatment, reproductive care, mental health services, dialysis, physical rehabilitation and much more. SAMS mobile medical clinics are traveling to internal displacement camps and hard-to-reach areas to ensure that all vulnerable populations have access to care. All services are provided free of charge.
We ask for your support to ensure that conflict-impacted populations receive the medical services they urgently need. Your tax-deductible donation will help us send aid to people in dire need in Syria and beyond. For every dollar donated in 2021, 94 cents went directly to programs.