Humanitarian Aid and Development
Serving those in need.
Almost $400 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 12th year. In response, MFA has shipped more than $400 million in humanitarian aid, and we have expanded our operations in the region.
In 2021, 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.
MFA Has shipped almost 200 containers valued at $400 million. These supplies serve over 3.3 Million 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.
Our efforts throughout this past year to expand our partnerships and broadened our presence in the region made our immediate response possible when the catastrophic earthquake struck northern Syria and Turkey. MFA was able to galvanize its network of global partners to amass life-saving supplies from regions near Syria to optimize speed and efficiency of emergency deliveries. MFA not only has been providing tents and basic necessities, but our trained partners have been cooking and serving meals to thousands of survivors every day.
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.
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Here’s a glimpse of our beneficiaries
• 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.
Northwest Syria – Diagnostic Center
In Northwest Syria, MFA opened a Diagnostic Center with MRI machines received from a major donor.
Healthcare infrastructure impact.
MFA and its partners are helping to fill the enormous void in Syria’s healthcare infrastructure beginning with these two new facilities, which together have already seen:
- 9,227 Men
- 31,624 Women
- 15,851 Boys
- 16,079 Girls
- A total of 72,781 visitors have been treated at this facility since June 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.