August 18, 2017
World Humanitarian Day: August 19th
Our work in Turkey began in 2012. In partnership with the Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations (UOSSM), we provided post-operative services in a rehabilitation center in Reyhanli, a small town bordering Syria. Our work in Reyhanli continues to this day.
We currently provide primary healthcare services to Syrian refugees in Istanbul and other areas of the country. We also 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.
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.