Turkey

Projects / Campaigns

An estimated 3 million Syrian refugees currently reside in Turkey. Many are unable to work and have little or no access to healthcare.

3 million

Registered Syrian refugees

246,720

Living in refugee camps

80,376

Patients treated

Our work in Turkey began in 2012 and in 2016, we established Doctors of the World Turkey.

In partnership with the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM), we currently provide post-operative services in a rehabilitation center in Reyhanli, a small town bordering Syria.

We also provide primary healthcare services to Syrian refugees in Istanbul and other areas of the country. We operate a primary healthcare clinic in Maden refugee camp near Sirnak, and are present in other refugee camps near the cities of Batman and Diyarbakir.

One day after school I was shot by a sniper while walking home and since then I’ve been unable to walk. My parents were also killed.

Moissa 13 Year Old Syrian Patient at Reyhanli Rehabilitation Center
TURKEY REYHANLI SYRIAN MEDICAL CENTER

The majority of patients we treat in rehabilitation centers, such as the one in Reyhanli, have been injured in the Syrian civil war. At the beginning of the war, our medics were primarily treating bullet wounds; however, as the conflict escalated, injuries from shrapnel and cluster bombs became increasingly common. Because many Syrian refugees have experienced severe trauma before reaching Turkey, we also provide mental health services for those requiring psychosocial support.

In Turkey, we provide services to patients in their native language to help ensure they are informed about their rights as refugees. We provide advice about the Turkish registration process and referrals for those who need additional relocation services. 

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