Doctors Without Borders
The extreme violence perpetrated against civilians during six years of war in Syria showed no sign of abating, as civilian areas were routinely bombed and deprived of assistance. Access to food and health care remained extremely poor, and many hospitals faced critical shortages of supplies and staff. Well over half of the Syrian population have been forced from their homes by the conflict.
MSF’s direct presence was significantly constrained in a country where it should be running some of its largest medical programs. The Syrian government did not grant MSF authorization to operate in the country, and insecurity limited MSF’s ability to provide assistance in areas controlled by the Islamic State group or other opposition forces. Nevertheless, in 2016, MSF continued to operate directly in six medical facilities in regions controlled by opposition forces across northern Syria and provided distance support to Syrian medical networks.