Humanitarian context

Syria is currently confronted to the biggest humanitarian crisis of the 21st century. This crisis affects 12 million Syrians (8 million of displaced people and 4 million refugees in the nearby countries). The housing conditions are particularly critical: the majority of the displaced people live in host families, in informal shelters, in accommodations in constructions or in makeshifts dwellings.

The access to the basic services (health, education, water and sanitation) becomes harder and harder as the crisis goes on. Besides, the Syrian economy has been severely affected and it ultimately results in the commodity boom of basic products.

Key figures

Year of mission
National staff
Expatriate staff
860 954

Description of the mission

Première Urgence Internationale has had a presence in Syria since May, 2008. The country is in the grip of an international crisis since March, 2011.

Première Urgence Internationale obtained the authorization to provide a humanitarian aid to Syrians victims of the conflict with the local Red Crescent. In 2017, the NGO pursues its integrated approach by addressing the population’s needs in water, hygiene and purification and in psychological support.

Premiere Urgence Internationale in action

Première Urgence International is one of the limited NGOs authorized to intervene in eight governorates. The access to healthcare and to the protection of the populations remains a major issue in this country in crisis. The teams bring a psychosocial support for the populations as well as an access to healthcare.

The scale and the diversity of the needs led the teams to pursue the emergency distribution (in hygiene kits, in wintering kits and in drinking water) and to contribute to the improvement of the conditions of hosting of the displaced people (rehabilitation of individual and collective shelters). Première Urgence Internationale continues to develop its activities in water, hygiene and sanitation in Syria. About 15 million benefit from this program.

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