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Our humanitarian aid in Syria

Since March 2011 Syria has been a theatre of war between the Assad government and numerous different armed groups. To date, more than half a million Syrians have died during the fighting and bombing, and many millions of people have had to flee: More than 12 million people have been displaced from their homes because of the war. About 5.6 million of them live as refugees mainly in neighbouring countries and worldwide. In the Idlib region alone, more than two million people are dependent on aid.

COVID-19 cases have also risen across Syria, with few people with access to tests. This raises concerns of a hidden, and far wider, spread of the novel corobavirus, especially among populations already suffering fromt the devastating effects of the long-running conflict.

The Syrian war is one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time and the people in Syria are urgently dependent on your support!

Latest news from Syria:

Syria: Humanitarian situation in Idlib reaching catastrophic levels

Civilians in northwestern Syria are facing an unprecedented catastrophe. A renewed military offensive in the region has uprooted more than 500,000 Syrians since November last year, triggering a major humanitarian crisis.

Malteser International is deeply concerned by this development and calls for all parties to the conflict to bring an end to the Syrian conflict.

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I want to help! What can I do?

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.

4. Take your support to social media! You can follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Youtube. Like, comment and share our posts. This way we can reach more people together.

Our ways of support:

Together with Turkish and Syrian partner organisations we carry out cross-border aid projects in the medical sector. We have been providing aid since summer 2012 especially to displaced persons within Syria who are unable or unwilling to leave the country. 

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 Syria:

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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Our work in pictures

Our work in Syria

Stefanie Heil
email: stefanie.heil(at)malteser-international.org

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

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