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  • Send a medical team to families with nowhere else to turn
  • Life-saving medical supplies
  • Urgent medical care, such as disease treatment and care for pregnant women

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Syrian Refugee Crisis

Civil war began in Syria in March 2011. Since then, more than half of the country's pre-war population has either fled or died as a result of conflict.

The refugee situation has the potential of destabilizing entire regions and countries, as local infrastructure strains under growing, desperate needs.


Overview

In 2016, the number of registered Syrian refugees in neighboring countries - Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq - has increased by more than one million, bringing the total number to 4.3 million. There are more than a million refugees living in Lebanon, a country of just four million people before the conflict. Turkey is now home to the greatest number of refugees.

SPECIAL: Engage your family with the refugee crisis.

Our free Refugee Family Discussion Guide will help you explore questions like:

  • What is a refugee?
  • Why do people become refugees?
  •  What can we do to help?

Lebanon

The Syrian refugee influx is becoming a “time bomb” in Lebanon– politically, socially, and environmentally. The Lebanese government and local and international agencies working in Lebanon are overwhelmed by the Syrian crisis and need support to meet the immense needs. Intense pressure has been exerted on all sectors of Lebanese society since the crisis began.

Greece

There were over 57,000 refugees or others in similar situations (stateless people, "persons of concern," etc.) in Greece in mid-2016. Struggling from its own economic crisis, the Islands lacked the necessary infrastructure, services and personnel support to meet the growing needs. In response to the sudden, urgent need after the initial influxes, our teams' work in Greece in 2015 to 2016 focused on providing care, tools and resources for refugees with nowhere else to turn.

Turkey

Turkey now hosts the world's largest number of refugees. Vulnerable families from Syria and other neighboring countries need services, care and assistance to survive in the months - and years - to come. As the number of asylum seekers continues to grow, support for refugees in Turkey will be critical to saving and protecting lives.

WATCH NOW: Abir & Amal's story

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There are tremendous gaps in support for the refugee population-- particularly in the health sector.


Preventing & Managing Disease

Medical Teams International's primary goal in Lebanon is health outreach. Basic health and dental care prevents and reduces the impact of disease on children, women, and men in the settlement. Additionally, we train community volunteers to provide household outreach and education complements ongoing health services at mobile medical units.

There is a major focus on the largely unmet need of chronic and preventable problems e.g. dental, cardiovascular, respiratory, diabetes. Community Health Volunteers monitor chronic disease patients in their homes and provide families and communities with vital information on chronic disease recognition, management and disease prevention.

Turkey now holds the greatest number of refugees on earth. Displaced families need medical care and services to survive. We are preparing to work with partners and to provide direct health services to those in need.

 

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A refugee mother and child pass through Greece as they flee violence in Syria.

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