Following the devastating earthquakes in southeastern Türkiye, we at MSF promptly mobilized our teams to address the immediate and urgent needs of the 9.1 million affected individuals.. Recognizing the sheer magnitude of the crisis, we swiftly provided trauma kits, set up emergency clinics, and offered specialized medical assistance to those injured. Our efforts were not limited to immediate care; rehabilitation of health care facilities was also undertaken, ensuring that sustainable medical services would be available to the affected populations in the aftermath of the disaster.
MSF’s earthquake response includes providing:
- 390,500 meals
- 53.1 tons of firewood
- 38,154 hygiene kits
From the very onset of the earthquakes in Türkiye, MSF has been actively collaborating with Turkish civil society and NGOs to address the needs. In collaboration with other aid organizations, MSF addressed water supply issues at the damaged Hatay Training and Research Hospital by installing a water pump and tanks. By April 2023, MSF helped to provide 61 water tanks, 312 toilets, and 160 showers. We also facilitated the distribution of over 2.5 million cubic meters of potable water to the affected communities. MSF teams spearheaded the delivery of 96.6 tons of produce, 390,500 meals, 53.1 tons of firewood, 38,154 hygiene kits, and 321 tents.
Although MSF’s initial relief phase post-earthquake in Türkiye has concluded, enduring challenges that lie ahead, notably concerning mental health, psychosocial support, and sanitation services. MSF has worked in conjunction with local entities in Türkiye during past earthquake crises in 1996, 1999, 2011, and now, in 2023.