World Vision’s Syria Crisis Response reaches more than 2 million people: Donors include PQMD members AstraZeneca and Henry Schein
Since 2011, the displacement and suffering caused by the Syrian conflict remains the greatest refugee crisis of our time. The trends of death, destruction, and displacement continue to worsen. As of January 2016, there were over 4.6 million registered Syrian refugees, as well as 3.3 million people displaced within Iraq, and 6.6 million displaced within Syria – at least half are children. Families face limited or no access to health services, food insecurity, interrupted schooling for children, and little protection from harm and abuse.
In 2011, World Vision began responding to the needs of displaced children and families in and around Syria through its existing presence in vulnerable communities across Lebanon. Since then, World Vision’s Syria Crisis Response expanded to include six countries total: Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, and Serbia. Efforts in these countries have included water supply systems and sanitation facilities in refugee camps as well as sustainable community water and sanitation solutions, psychosocial support for children, personal hygiene and baby kits, food assistance, static and mobile medical clinics in areas with limited or no health care services, and centers to protect women and children from violence.
Since 2011, World Vision has assisted approximately 2.37 million refugees, internally displaced people, and vulnerable host community members.
World Vision’s health sector efforts in Syria and Iraq have centered on gaps in health services, critically needed medical supplies, and public-health messaging with particular concentration on women and children. In 2015, these efforts reached more than 27,000 people – over half of them children.
World Vision partnered with local and international health agencies in Syria, including the United Nations Population Fund and the World Health Organization, to expand primary health care and specialized medical services. Health care centers and hospitals received supplies and medical kits for diagnosis and disease management, as well as medical support for childhood diarrheal diseases, malnutrition, and reproductive health problems.
In Iraq, World Vision initiated a program for primary health care services for families, working with local authorities to establish and operate static clinics and referral systems. Operational mobile clinics provide better access to primary health care for the internally displaced population, including people living with a disability. Additionally, Women and Young Children Spaces, providing rest, as well as promoting breastfeeding and quality childcare practices, have been opened in both Iraq and Serbia.
Donors from around the world, including PQMD members AstraZeneca and Henry Schein, made generous donations of funding and Gift-In-Kind products to contribute toward World Vision’s response and bring medical support and life-saving relief supplies to vulnerable children and families. World Vision is committed to expand its relief and support efforts until a resolution to the crisis allows these families to live in peace and dignity.