Médecins Sans Frontières is currently running three hospitals in Syria. Since the humanitarian organisation set up the first hospital in June 2012, the teams have carried out 109,000 medical consultations and 10,000 surgeries and have assisted 2,300 deliveries.* The priority is not only taking care of the war wounded but also patients with chronic diseases and pregnant women, since the Syrian health system has collapsed in many parts of the country. These hospitals run by MSF are in areas of the north controlled by armed opposition groups, because the Syrian government has not authorised MSF to work in the areas under its control.
In Lebanon, the country hosting the largest number of Syrian refugees, public healthcare services are strained. MSF is carrying out humanitarian activities in Bekaa valley, Tripoli, Saida and Chatila camp. The main health concerns are access to secondary healthcare, safe deliveries and chronic disease medications.
In Jordan, MSF teams are present in Irbid province, where there is the largest number of refugees outside of the camps, and in Ramtha, near the Syrian border, as well as in the Zaatari camp. MSF is also providing orthopedic, maxillofacial and plastic surgery for victims of violence in a hospital in Amman.
In Iraq, MSF teams are deployed in areas close to the Syrian border, in the camps of Domez, Kawargosk and Darashakran, providing medical and psychological healthcare.
*From June 2012 to June 2014.