Humanitarian Aid and Development
Serving those in need.
Over $275 million in relief supplies shipped benefitting more than 3 million people.
The Syrian people continue to endure the hardships and devastation of a relentless war, now in its 11th year. In response, MFA has shipped more than $275 million in humanitarian aid, and we expanded our operations in the region.
We established an operations office and two healthcare facilities in areas where more than 3 million people are displaced and struggling for survival against the dearth of basic necessities, and the chaos of warfare and extremism. Having a presence on the ground gives MFA the advantage of being able to identify and fulfill the urgent and specific needs of these communities. With support from our established international network of relief suppliers and NGO partners inside Syria, MFA can ensure consistent distribution of the right relief when and where it is most needed.
Last year alone, MFA delivered 14 containers of relief valued at almost $60 million. These supplies served over 800,000 displaced people living across more than 105 camps and makeshift settlements.
As difficult as the situation on the ground has become, our relief shipments have never stopped. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we increased deliveries of PPE and other life-saving medical equipment to more than 48 hospitals and medical facilities throughout northeast and northwest Syria, and northern Iraq.
To reach more people than ever before, MFA streamlined its processes.
We increased our aid deliveries by 126% ($10 million).
We cut our shipment costs by 38% ($57,000).
For every $100 worth of aid provided last year, we spent just 23 cents on logistical costs.
Throughout this past year, MFA expanded its partnerships and broadened its presence in the region.
To meet increased demand, we strengthened existing relationships and built new ones with local humanitarian organizations, enabling greater support for refugee communities in Lebanon after the devastating destruction of the port and its surrounding region. We also expanded our capacity through a number of special programs, ranging from emergency housing to providing prenatal vitamins to expectant mothers.
Humanitarian Relief Updates
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• 8,749 People Served in Dayr Ballut and Mahmudiyah Camps
• 5,568 People Served in Idlib's IDP Camps
• 3,757 People Served in Arihah and Al Fu'ah
• 5,142 People Served in Northwest Syria Amid Bombing
• Clean Water Provided for Thousands of Displaced Families in Syria
• 537 Families Served in Northwest Syria
Supporting hospitals to provide better care.
The conflict has demolished the healthcare system in Syria, with the Assad regime and its proxies systematically targeting hospitals and medical staff as part of their war strategy. As a result, the remaining hospitals and medical centers can provide only the most basic care to people suffering from greater illnesses and the traumatic injuries of war.
MFA continues to supply hospitals, medical centers, and mobile clinics in hard-to-reach areas of Syria with basic life-saving medicines for emergency care, like antibiotics and local anesthetics. We also provide a range of medicines from pain relievers and antidepressants to blood pressure and heart medications, along with medical equipment and supplies.
Rebuilding the healthcare infrastructure.
Many of the more than three million people in northern Syria who have been internally displaced have had to flee multiple times. The suffering they have endured has taken an enormous toll on their health and well-being, and until recently, only the most basic medical services that were available to them were provided by MFA partners in the IDP camps.
In 2021, as part of our expanded activities in the region, and to meet the escalating need for medical services, MFA opened two healthcare facilities: A Primary Healthcare Facility in Northeast Syria, and a Diagnostic Center in Northwest Syria.
Healthcare infrastructure results.
Northeast Syria – Primary Healthcare Facility
In June 2021, MFA’s facility in Northeast Syria began providing Primary Healthcare to a community deprived of any significant medical services. This facility opened June 15, 2021, and already has seen:
- 1,884 Men
- 6,932 Women
- 2,649 Boys
- 2,740 Girls
- A total of 14,205 visitors have been treated at this facility since June 2021
Northwest Syria – Diagnostic Center
In Northwest Syria, MFA opened a Diagnostic Center with MRI machines received from a major donor. This facility opened in May 2021, and already has served:
- 972 Men
- 1,160 Women
- 226 Boys
- 165 Girls
- A total of 2,523 visitors have been served by this facility since May 2021
Changing minds through shared values.
Since its inception, MFA has been nurturing relationships with disparate groups to encourage them to combine their humanitarian relief efforts. Overcoming years of enmity and suspicion,
former foes are now working together to provide life-saving aid to those suffering as a result of the war – creating a model for future cooperation in the region.
This unprecedented collaboration of Christians, Jews, Muslims, and other groups in the United States, Israel, and Syria, clearly demonstrates the shared humanitarian values of all faiths, and serves as a blueprint for future stability in the region.
Out of great need has come a great opportunity.