URGENT CRISIS IN IDLIB
The situation in Idlib right now is beyond catastrophic if the Russian/Syrian offensive continues. The Syrian Regime and it’s Russian allies have bombed and begun launching a large-scale military attack on the Idlib Province in northwest Syria. Rumors have circulated that chemical weapons will be used in the attack, causing even more displacement. 50,000 people have already been displaced from southern Idlib, Jisr Alshugoor and north Hama (Latamneh). Tents that accommodate 5 people now have 10 and these new IDPs will likely never go back to their villages and cities.
- 4.2 million Syrians live in the area under threat
- 50% of people in Idlib are children
- 60% of people in Idlib are IDPs from other regions in Syria
- 12,000 humanitarian workers in Idlib (60,000 with families included)
- 760 humanitarian and civilian facilities at risk (hospitals, health centers, schools, civil defense center, etc.)
- 9 hospitals and civil defense centers were bombed with barrel bombs and airstrikes
There is nowhere for displaced people to go beyond Idlib except the Euphrates shield area and Olive Branch to the north east that is controlled by Turkey (which cannot accommodate a large displacement). Turkey has sealed its border and is not allowing refugees in. Turkey already has 3.5 million Syrian refugees and there is an expected 1-2 million more Syrians who will be displaced at the Syrian-Turkish border. This number is biblical and the worst in the history of the Syrian crisis and probably in the recent history of humanity. Preparations are underway in Turkey to accommodate 580,000 IDPs (with about 100,000 tents) in Efrin/Euphrates shield area, though nothing is finalized.
The cost of displacement of 800,000 people is projected to be about 350 million dollars, with 200 million already allocated from the UN. NGOs are running low on funding and unable to effectively contribute due to a drain in resources from multiple prior evacuations/displacements, donor fatigue, lack of attention and lack of coordination.
The priorities for such a displacement are: transportation of a large number of IDPs, emergency meals, shelter, food, psychological support, mobile clinics, medical supplies and medications. Needed emergency food baskets cost $2 each and larger food baskets which can last 1 week for a single family cost $10. The most urgent need is for shelter and a single family's shelter ranges from $900 to 1000 for one month ($600 for the tent, $170 NFI, $140 for food and other expenses). There is a huge mobilization of Turkish civil society and the public to donate and send in kind donations.
We need your help.
MedGlobal would like to raise $500,000+ for mobile clinics, medications, medical consumables, psychological support and shelter in coordination with local Syrian NGOs. Read an interview with MedGlobal President, Dr. Zaher Sahloul about the situation in Idlib.
Other MedGlobal Syria Initiatives
MedGlobal has partnered with the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations, UOSSM, to deliver life saving medical relief to northern Syria and difficult to reach areas including besieged Ghouta and Idlib.
Our supported program includes:
Emergency Medical Relief to Ghouta hospital
Medical support to Bab Al-Hawa hospital at the Syrian Turkish border, the largest tertiary hospital in northern Syria
Support of Ambulance system and patient transportation in northern Syria
Medical Missions to provide medical relief to Syrian refugees in Jordan (TBA)
Provide life-saving and life-sustaining emergency medical services to an estimated 8,000 internally displaced individuals in Eastern and Western Dara’a, Syria.
Help us provide life-saving relief to northern Syria by making a donation today.
About The syrian crisis
"In the absence of a political solution, human rights violations and abuse continue to occur in the context of widespread insecurity and in disregard of International Law, International Humanitarian Law, and Human Rights Law. Over 500,000 people have been killed and over one million injured. More than half of all Syrians have been forced to leave their homes, often multiple times, making Syria the largest displacement crisis globally. According to the Emergency Response Coordinating Center (ERCC) there are over 5 million total Syrian refugees, and 6.5 million IDP's inside Syria, these numbers are constantly growing. Click here to read the UNOCHA page about the Syrian crisis.
The conflict in Syria is now in its sixth year, creating the largest humanitarian crisis of our time. Millions of people are in need of emergency assistance such as medical and food assistance, water and shelter. Over 974,000 Syrians are living in besieged areas throughout Syria, according to UNOCHA, with minimal access to medical care and humanitarian relief.
There has also been an alarming rise in the targeting of hospitals, medical facilities, and even medical personnel, by a vast variety of weaponry including chemical weapons. UOSSM estimates that since March 2011 through September 2016 at least 710 medical staff (doctors, nurses, medical personnel) have been killed and there have been at least 545 attacks on ~250 medical facilities, which have been documented, throughout Syria. All of these attacks have either destroyed, damaged, or halted the medical services provided to the Syrian people. In 2016 alone, through the end of September, over 185 attacks have been documented against healthcare facilities and at least 115 health workers were killed. Click here to read press releases of attacks.
The security situation is preventing aid workers from reaching those who are trapped by the fighting and who are in great need. Syria is now considered the most dangerous place on Earth to practice medicine.
The Syrian conflict has triggered the world’s largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. Humanitarian needs continue to rise, population displacements are increasing, and an entire generation of children is being exposed to war and violence, increasingly deprived of basic services, education and protection. See the ECHO Fact sheet on Syria for the latest facts and figures."