Turkey: Latest MSF Updates

This information is excerpted from MSF’s 2016 International Activity Report.

By the end of 2016, Turkey was hosting the largest refugee population in the world—over three million people—of whom 2.9 million are Syrian.

Around 2.9 million Syrian refugees in Turkey live in precarious conditions outside of camp settings, with insufficient access to basic public services. A failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016, and the political turmoil that followed under emergency law, pushed humanitarian concerns further down the political agenda.

Although its authorization to work in the country expired in June, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) continued to provide financial and technical support to local NGOs working on the Syrian-Turkish border. Teams in Turkey also gave remote support to medical staff in Syria.


MSF worked with partners to offer primary healthcare and psychosocial support to Syrian refugees. In 2016, 1,354 individuals and 810 families received psychotherapy consultations.


An MSF-supported local partner organization conducted 1,341 individual and 69 group counseling sessions in Sanliurfa. MSF supported another local NGO’s psychosocial support program in Akçakale, which provided 2,554 individual consultations. Until the closure of Akçakale transit camp in May 2016, MSF also helped with primary healthcare services, psychosocial care, water, and sanitation and provided relief items.


MSF collaborated with an international medical humanitarian organization to provide treatment to Syrian refugees in the Voluntary Health Center for People under Temporary Protection, which offered pediatric and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) consultations. MSF concluded its activities in April 2016, having carried out SRH consultations with more than 2,500 women.

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