The civil war in Syria that began in 2011 has caused the death of more than 227,400 civilians, including 29,520 children, according to the ACAPS group. According to the United Nations, 14.6 million Syrians are now dependent on humanitarian aid, representing 78% of the total population. Syria is one of the 10 most food-insecure countries in the world. The war in Ukraine is reducing wheat imports, driving up prices and increasing the number of food insecure people to a record 65% of the population, or 13.9 million people in 2022. With more than 90% of the population already living below the poverty line, the earthquake of 6 February 2023 exacerbated the situation: nearly 6,000 people in Syria died and at least 10,000 were injured. Hundreds of buildings have collapsed, others are threatening to fall, and several water supply networks have been destroyed.
Description of the mission
Première Urgence Internationale has been present in Syria since 2008. Since 2012, it has been one of the few international NGOs authorized to operate in the government-controlled zone, and implements activities in 12 out of 14 governorates. In 2020, Première Urgence Internationale continued to implement its integrated strategy in order to meet the multi-sectoral needs of the population. The NGO provides an emergency response to displaced populations by focusing on the rehabilitation of collective shelters and access to hygiene and water. At the same time, the mission intervenes in more stabilized areas to create the conditions that will allow the population to provide for themselves and gradually return to normal life.
Premiere Urgence Internationale in action
Première Urgence Internationale works in Syria in various sectors. Our teams are involved in the rehabilitation of irrigation systems, drinking water and sanitation networks, as well as the housing of people who have fled the fighting and wish to return home, and other essential public infrastructures.
Our intervention aims at restoring the autonomy of the population through vocational training programs, adapted to the local market, and support to entrepreneurs in order to restart their professional activity (such as the donation of agricultural tools) and encourage income-generating activities.
The mission also facilitates access to education through remedial education, school rehabilitation and teacher training.
In response to the COVID-19 epidemic in Syria, Première Urgence Internationale contributed to the efforts of humanitarian actors to reduce the risks of the virus spreading. The mission supported the establishment of quarantine centres and provided personal protective equipment (PPE) while conducting hygiene promotion activities.
Following the earthquake of 6 February 2023, Première Urgence Internationale teams provided generators to support rescue operations, and then proceeded to set up centres that accommodate affected families and to rehabilitate sanitary facilities.
Première Urgence Internationale is working at the frontline to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Syria
On the 15th of March 2020, the Syrian crisis entered its 10th year. A week later, the first confirmed COVID-19 case was reported in Syria. The 9 years of conflict have already left the country battered, but the COVID-19 pandemic has presented yet another challenge for an overburdened and fragile social protection system. Against this backdrop, Première Urgence Internationale was one of the first organizations that responded quickly to address the emerging urgent needs in Syria. With the support of partners, the NGO has worked across its sectors to contribute to common efforts working on preventing a spiraling COVID-19 outbreak in Syria.
Helping Syrian families to move back to their houses
In Syria, Première Urgence Internationale provides a humanitarian aid to populations victims of the conflict, through an integrated approach. The NGO addresses the needs in water, hygiene, sanitation, and psychological support. It also contributes to improve the conditions of hosting of the displaced populations inside the country.