The earthquake sequences in Turkey affected a significant part of the neighbouring region in Syria. At the beginning of March 2023, the affected population within Syria was estimated at over 5 million people, with at least 12,000 injured and over 6,000 people missing in action.
Médecins du Monde is active in the areas of Afrin, Jadairis, Aleppo and Idlib.
The large number of people injured by the earthquake that hit Idlib has put considerable pressure on hospitals in the region, which are struggling to provide care and support to those affected by the disaster.
However, this has led to the production of a large volume of medical waste in these hospitals.
Médecins du Monde incinerators are receiving medical waste from most medical facilities in Idlib, and MdM staff are working tirelessly to intensify their efforts to safely and efficiently incinerate and dispose of this waste until local systems are restored.
In parallel, all MdM primary health care centres are operational. In particular, 2 mobile teams are reaching families and individuals who have taken refuge in makeshift camps after the earthquake while the remaining staff are providing services at health centres in Dana district in Idlib and in the communities of Sarmada, Al Doaa, Al Salam, Qah and Kemmune, while three more centres are preparing to open in the near future.