In the wake of the devastating earthquake that rocked the country on February 6, 2023, MSF teams are assessing the needs and coordinating with local organizations to provide assistance to survivors.
Devastating earthquakes strike Turkey and Syria: MSF teams in Syria are caring for the injured
Since the devastating earthquakes hit Turkey (officially renamed Türkiye) and Syria in February, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been working with local partners to respond to the immense need for medical and mental health care for the millions of people left injured or homeless across both countries. In Syria, MSF teams were some of the first to respond, treating patients within hours after the earthquake struck. Here’s a recap of the progress we’ve made—and the needs that remain.
Our work in Turkey
Turkey (officially renamed Türkiye) hosts the largest refugee and asylum seeker population in the world at just over four million—nearly 3.7 million of whom are Syrian.
What's happening in Turkey?
Around 90 percent of Syrian refugees in Turkey live in extremely precarious conditions outside camp settings with insufficient access to basic public services.
We provide financial and technical support to local nongovernmental organizations working with refugees and asylum seekers in Turkey. Teams in Turkey also provide remote support to medical staff in Syria.
How we're helping in Turkey
Until the end of 2022, we provided financial and technical support to local nongovernmental organizations working with refugees and asylum seekers in Turkey. Teams in Turkey also provide remote support to medical staff in Syria.
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