Crisis Update: Syria

Watch a panel discussion featuring three distinct, on-the-ground, perspectives on the crisis in Syria and on MSF's various operations.

As the devastating conflict continues unabated in Syria, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is tracking and responding to the emergency medical needs of the thousands of people injured and displaced.

By setting up primary health care and surgical facilities in several regions of the country, MSF has been able to provide emergency care to thousands of people affected by the violence. Complicating this already high-risk response is the deliberate targeting of medical facilities and personnel in a clear violation of international humanitarian law.

Beyond Syria's borders, refugee camps have filled with hundreds of thousands of people – Syrians who have fled the violence that has engulfed their homeland, and who are now in desperate need of medical and other basic assistance. MSF teams are providing essential medical care and other humanitarian aid in camps in Iraq and Jordan, and in makeshift settlements and communities in Lebanon.


Stephen Cornish, Executive Director, MSF-Canada, who recently returned from a fact-finding assignment that took him to nearly all MSF programs in and around Syria.

Deane Marchbein, MD, President of the Board of MSF-USA, and MSF Anesthesiologist, who spent a month earlier this spring providing surgical care within Syria.

Michael Goldfarb, Media Relations Manager, MSF-USA, who recently documented living conditions and the humanitarian situation facing Syrian refugees in Lebanon and northern Iraq.