6.5 million have been forced from their homes within the country because of the civil war raging in Syria.
More than 150,000 have been killed by the conflict.
2.8 million refugees have fled into Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey.
In response to the massive humanitarian needs, International Medical Corps is providing critical health services within Syria.
Despite the challenges International Medical Corps is currently providing lifesaving help through mobile medical units and supporting existing health care facilities. At static clinics where International Medical Corps provides primary health care services, we have nurses and doctors specifically focused on the needs of conflict-affected Syrians.
Since April 2012, International Medical Corps has reached more than 115,000 conflict-affected Syrians in and around Damascus with health care, mental health care and psychosocial support, blankets, cooking equipment and other critical supplies.
As more than two million people are confirmed by UNHCR to have fled into neighboring countries, International Medical Corps is also scaling up our operations in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, and Iraq to reach Syrians in desperate need of our help.
Read about our work in Jordan
Read about our work in Lebanon
At Za’atri camp, where more than 100,000 Syrians are living in temporary shelter, lives 21-year-old Ala’, who worked in a beauty salon in Dara’a and is volunteering with International Medical Corps at a Youth Empowerment Centre it operates with UNICEF. Children at the centre engage in activities that help them recover from their painful experiences. Case managers and psychologists screen the most at-risk children for further mental health interventions. In addition, they address protection and safety issues in the camp, working to reduce risks to those most vulnerable.
Ala’ fled along with her 20-month-old and her six siblings, when shelling destroyed her neighbourhood five months ago. Two of her cousins were injured – one, a 3-year-old, lost his leg. Ala’ was terrified to leave the only home she had ever known, and terrified of what would become of her and her family in Jordan.
But today she is a paid volunteer for International Medical Corps, teaching the children how to paint and create beautiful henna designs on their hands.
So often, the way people in crisis are able to heal is by reaching out to help others. Ala’ says it feels good to be able to put her skills to work, giving something back to the children from her own community. She says she has a sense of purpose and can see beyond her own struggles.