News - 06.02.2023

Next to the victims of the deadly earthquake

Today’s earthquake is a major blow to millions of people on Syrian territory and on the border with Turkey. As the European Commission’s Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has already highlighted, the scale, severity and complexity of the needs across Syria are already overwhelming, with a population that has been conflict-affected for more than a decade and is beginning to disappear from the international agenda.

The devastating economic situation, insufficient rainfall and severe drought conditions that have caused food insecurity, water crises and cholera outbreaks have only added to this humanitarian ordeal and this earthquake will exacerbate it.

Médecins du Monde stands with the Turkish and Syrian people who are reeling from the devastating effects of the deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck southeastern Turkey and northern Syria.

Present in the area

The teams of the International Network of Médecins du Monde present in both regions are moving towards the worst affected areas, while the toll so far is in the hundreds of dead and thousands injured – figures that are unfortunately likely to rise in the coming hours.

Médecins du Monde teams are already mobilising to provide immediate assistance in the affected areas, where they will provide medical care and all the basic necessities for the victims. Emergency teams and survival kits have already been dispatched to the affected areas from Médecins du Monde offices in Izmir and Istanbul.

Médecins du Monde has been working in the region for several years now, actively supporting the local authority to guarantee access to primary health care services, in 14 health centres and mobile clinics covering a population of around 900,000 people in north-eastern Syria. In addition, they are providing direct health services in the north-west of the country in 12 health centres, assisting over one million people.

Support Médecins du Monde to help the victims of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria by donating to the following accounts, noting at your deposit the word “Earthquake

Account Number: 141/29611217
IBAN: GR27 0110 1410 0000 1412 9611 217 / SWIFT: ETHNGRAA

Account Number: 5018-005706-640
IBAN: GR03 0172 0180 0050 1800 5706 640 / SWIFT: PIRBGRAA

Account Number: 199-00-2002-002401
IBAN: GR06 0140 1990 1990 0200 2002 401 / SWIFT: CRBAGRAAXXX

Account Number: 0026/0003/01/0100789826
IBAN: GR92 0260 0030 0000 1010 0789 826 / SWIFT: EFGPGRAA