SRD is dedicated to bringing aide to those affected by the world’s most pressing humanitarian crisis today.
Rapid and effective response to emergencies is at the core of our work which includes emergency preparedness and early action and also encourages resilience and development.
SRD respond to emergencies and to the needs of families fleeing violence, providing them with increased access to primary healthcare services.
Also, SRD providing affected people with a variety of services like malnutrition screening, mental health and psychological support, distributing relief supplies such as Ready Meals, Dignity Kits, NFI Kits and Hygiene Kits.
What started in 2011 as peaceful anti-government protests has since turned into the most violent conflict since WWII. With a pre-war population of 22 million people, an overwhelming majority of Syrians have been affected by years of violence, displacement, suffering and loss. About six out of every 10 people in Syria — 11.1 million in total — are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. Over 40 percent of them are children under 18.
More than 12 million people have been forced to flee their homes since the conflict began, with almost half seeking refuge in neighboring countries, including Jordan and Lebanon. An estimated 6.6 million people are internally displaced. In early 2020, hostilities in the northwest displaced more than 950,000 people — the largest displacement since the conflict began almost ten years ago.
More than half a million people have been killed by the conflict, though the United Nations stopped estimating the death toll in 2014, as the scale and complexity of the conflict has made it impossible to calculate those lost with any certainty.
The situation inside Syria remains dire. In 2019, an alarming 83 percent of the population lived below the poverty line. A third of the population was food insecure, 6.2 million people were in acute need of basic water, sanitation and hygiene services, and some 2.1 million children were out of school.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has impacted the world, and Syria has been no exception. While the start of 2020 brought its own tragedies, including the displacement of nearly 1 million4 civilians in northwest Syria from December 2019 onwards, the pandemic prompted a new wave of vulnerabilities, including crippling economic conditions5, a hunger crisis6, and a fragile health system limited in the ability to absorb yet another shock. In response to the pandemic, SRD has implemented key initiatives under the COVID-19 emergency7 task force, including infection prevention and control (IPC) measures, referral and transport of cases, and awareness sessions to affected communities.