- Syria: Airstrikes kill at least 14 people, including patients and doctors, in the bombing of an MSF-supported hospital in Aleppo
- Terror and exile in Syria: Five years of war, exodus and urgent medical needs
- War in Syria: MSF report shows more than one in three wounded or dead are women or children
- Syria: At least seven killed and eight missing in another MSF-supported hospital attack in Idlib province
- 'The war in Syria is being waged against the country’s own people': MSF President Dr. Joanne Liu
- Read the latest factsheet about MSF's response to the ongoing emergency in Syria
Syria in Crisis
- Siege and starvation in Madaya; immediate medical evacuations and medical resupply essential to save lives
- Syria: Bombing of MSF-supported hospital kills seven, injures 47 and partially destroys an essential lifesaving facility
- Syria: MSF appalled that another hospital it supports in Damascus has been hit by missiles
- Syria: Horrific bombing in Damascus 'breaches everything the rules of war stand for'
- As the number of airstrikes on hospitals increases in Syria, more patients and medical staff are being killed
- Syria: MSF-supported hospitals overwhelmed following 'one of the bloodiest months' of ongoing conflict
- Op-ed: MSF's Dr. Joanne Liu on Syria after four years of conflict — an unacceptable humanitarian failure
With massive unmet needs inside Syria, MSF should be running some of the biggest operations in its history, but the scale of the violence and the fast-moving nature of the conflict mean that the work of MSF inside Syria is limited. Following the abduction and release of MSF staff in 2014, the extremely difficult decision was taken to close projects and stop support activities in areas controlled by the Islamic State (IS) group. MSF has sought high-level assurances from the leadership of the IS group that staff and patients will not be harmed, but these assurances have not been forthcoming which means that large swathes of the country — and the people living there — are out of our reach. MSF has also been unable to date to receive permission from the government of Syria to work in areas it controls, again meaning millions of people are out of reach of hands-on assistance from any external aid provider.
- MSF Report: Life After the Rubble — The Journey By War-Wounded Syrians to Rebuild Their Bodies and Minds in Jordan
Despite these significant constraints, MSF continues to operate medical facilities inside Syria, as well as supporting directly more than 150 medical structures throughout the country. In neighbouring countries, throughout 2015 activities have been scaled up and additional projects have been opened, but still the needs remain enormous.
MSF requires complete independence and neutrality in situations of conflict in order to gain medical access to people who are living on all sides of a conflict. We maintain our neutrality and independence by privileging donations from the public. As MSF has several programs providing medical care to people affected by Syria's conflict, we are not able to participate in the Canadian government matching fund. We are, however, gratefully accepting the generous donations of our private donors, whose support will allow us to continue to deliver critical medical care to people affected by the conflict while maintaining our independence and neutrality.
From the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International Activity Report, 2014: