Abu Bakr receives medical care at the MSF-supported Raqqa National hospital after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Syria, 2021. © Florent Vergnes

Staff in 2021 (full-time equivalents): 480 locally hired; 69 internationally hired Expenditure in 2021: $46 million


outpatient consultations


families received relief items


individual mental health consultations

In Syria, funding for humanitarian assistance continued to fall, despite a rise in the numbers of people in desperate need of assistance after 11 years of war. MSF received an increasing number of requests to support hospitals and health centres facing frequent shortages of essential medicines and medical supplies.

We assisted people in several areas of northern Syria, where we could negotiate access and the security situation was safe enough for us to work. Our teams provided trauma and wound care, maternal and child health services, mental health support and treatment for chronic diseases.

In northwest Syria, where some 2.7 million people remain displaced, we supported eight hospitals in Idlib and Aleppo governorates, including the only specialized burns unit in the area. We provided medical care to people living in camps through mobile clinics and health centres, offered mental health support, improved water supply and sanitation facilities and distributed hygiene kits and relief items.

In northeast Syria, we supported a large primary healthcare centre in Raqqa, where we responded to a rise in the number of malnourished children by setting up an in-patient therapeutic feeding centre in June. In August, we began providing primary healthcare and tuberculosis treatment for adolescents who had been detained in Hassakeh city and in September, started supporting a new clinic in the city’s southern neighbourhoods. We also offered a range of medical and water and sanitation services in Al Hol camp, where violent incidents led to the deaths of many camp residents, including an MSF staff member in January.

The already enormous needs in the region were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. MSF offered care to people with COVID-19 in treatment centres and at their homes, distributed prevention kits in the camps and organized health promotion teams to spread messages about the safety and efficacy of vaccines.

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