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The war in Syria has been raging for the past eight years. What began as peaceful protests in 2011 escalated to a full-scale civil war. Since then, intense bombardments and attacks on civilians have claimed almost half a million lives and displaced millions of people.

By the end of 2018, 6.3 million Syrians were refugees outside their country and 6.2 million internally displaced. In the Idlib region alone, more than two million people are now reliant on humanitarian assistance. There is still no end to the conflict and the suffering. Syrian men, women and children are now facing the worst humanitarian crises in the world.

People in Syria are desperately in need of any help they can get. Your donation can help save lives. Give now!

How your donation can help:

Your gift of €30 can help a person in critical condition receive blood transfusion

Your gift of €50 can help a pregnant woman get life-saving caesarean section

120€ can provide mattresses and other household items for a family that has lost everything

Your generous gift can support
our efforts in Syria. Please give whatever you can!




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1. Donate online or by bank transfer! Anything you give counts!

2. Let other people know about it! Get your friends, family and colleagues to join the campaign.

3. Hold your own fundraising event. Invite friends over for dinner or a small party, and ask them to make donations to help save lives in Syria.

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Medical aid for internally displaced people

Malteser International has been working to provide aid to the people of war-torn Syria since 2012. Millions in the country are either unable or unwilling to leave their country, and these displaced people are the focus of our work with Turkish and Syrian partner organizations. The difficult security situation in Syria makes working there very difficult, and the staff of our partner organization live in the shadow of constant danger.

Only 40 percent of Syria's pre-war health infrastructure is still functional. Since 2011, health care in the country has steadily deteriorated due to severe damage to health facilities, inadequate power supply and a glaring lack of medicines, consumables and medical personnel.

  • Improving access to primary and secondary health care
  • Special health services for children
  • Rehabilitation of medical facilities and infrastructure

Our activities are carried out in partnership with the Syrian organization Independent Doctors Association (IDA), with whom we are operating:

  • 1 hospital equipped with 100 beds on the Syrian-Turkish border in Bab al Salam
  • 9 basic health care centres ( of which 3 are mobile) in the Northern and Western Aleppo region
  • 1 facility for the production of medical oxygen
  • 2 blood banks in Azaz and Al Atareb
  • An ambulance services with 6 rescue vehicles
  • 1 mobile surgery room, currently used for emergencies in Al Ghandoura Birth Hospital
  • 2 clinics for the treatment of children with thalassaemia (genetic anaemia)


Since 2017, we have been working with our Syrian partners Hand in Hand for Syria and Maram Foundation as well as with the Turkish Red Crescent in the Idlib region to provide aid to displaced persons. Our aid includes the distribution of material good and tents to the displaced. We are also supporting the operations of a hospital in Balayun and three basic health centres.



Stories from our work:

Batoul: Syrian refugee helping fellow citizens in Turkey

Batoul, herself a Syrian refugee in Turkey, is helping other refugees from the ongoing conflict in her homeland to deal with their often-traumatic experiences. She works with Malteser International to prepare projects in psycho-social support and trains partner organizations of Malteser International on psychologically related healthcare topics.

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Hamid's story

Deep in mourning, 29-year-old Hamid is standing between the charred remains of his shelter inside a refugee camp near the town of Aldana in Syria. The war had forcibly displaced Hamid and his young family from their homes. The emergency shelter became home for the family until a fire broke out, leaeding to the death of their second youngest son.

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Yusuf's story

For many Syrian children living with chronic diseases, the war means not only coping with bombs, but also the challenge of their unmanaged health problems. 14-year-old Yusuf suffers from a chronic hepatic dysfunction. Our partnership with Hand in Hand foundation is enabling him receiving palliative treatments at the Jabel al Zawiyah pediatric clinic in Idlib.  

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Lela's story

Eight years of brutal conflict in Syria and there is no end in sight. Millions of children like Lela have never known the peace of a home. The 18-month child refugee was lucky to survive a fire incident inside her family’s camp shelter in Sarmada, close to the Turkish border. See how Malteser International helped her family in their hour of difficulty.

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Syria: Our work in pictures

Country and project info

Capital: Damascus
Area: 185,180 km²
Population: approx. 18 Million

Project donors: German Federal Foreign Office (AA), German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany's Relief Coalition (ADH)

Last Updated: December 2018

Janine Lietmeyer
Email: janine.lietmeyer(at)malteser-international.org

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