Humanitarian context

The civil war in Syria that began in 2011 has resulted in the deaths of more than 227,400 civilians to date, including 29,520 children, according to the ACAPS group. According to the United Nations, 14.6 million Syrians are now dependent on humanitarian aid as the hostilities continue to take a toll on people and property in an alarming economic climate. Syria is now among the 10 most food insecure countries in the world. Indeed, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is expected to further reduce wheat imports and drive up prices, bringing the number of food insecure people to a record 65% of the population, or 13.9 million people in 2022. The country is experiencing a deep economic crisis. More than 90% of the population lives below the poverty line. In addition, in March 2022, the country recorded the highest inflation rate in 30 years.

Key figures

Year of mission
National staff
Expatriate staff
1 513 859

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 intervenes in Syria in various sectors. Our teams are mobilized in the rehabilitation of irrigation systems, drinking water and sanitation networks, as well as housing for 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 populations through vocational training programs, adapted to the local market and support to entrepreneurs in order to restart their professional activity (such as, for example, the donation of agricultural tools) and to encourage income generating activities.

These programs enable people to feed themselves independently and over the long term. 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 improve hygiene, reduce the risks of propagation and protect vulnerable populations. Thus, the mission supported the establishment of quarantine centers and provided personal protective equipment while conducting hygiene promotion activities.

The mission in Syria in pictures

Our partners

Programme Alimentaire Mondial
Swiss government

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