Syria: Care in Crisis for Women and Girls
"Syria has become the great tragedy of this century."
António Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
One Refugee Woman’s Testimony:
“One of the worst things about being a refugee is feeling invisible. If something horrible happened to me, no one would know about it. I used to think about that, and it would fill me with a terrible feeling. When I was home, I knew that my family and my neighbors would take care of me if I was sick or if someone tried to hurt me. But I felt so alone now.
But when we received your help, it changed so much. It told me that someone knows I am here. That someone is worried about me and they want to make sure that I'm OK. Thank you for reminding me that I am not alone.”
|Click here to learn more about our health workers delegation to the Middle East.|
The Syrian crisis is unmatched in recent history. More than two million people are refugees, three-quarters of whom are women, children, and elderly people. Some 4.25 million people are internally displaced within Syria.
MADRE’s Care in Crisis project provides urgent care and humanitarian aid to women and families affected by this violence.
For refugee families struggling to survive in places like Jordan, selling their daughters into marriage is seen for many as their only choice. And Syrian girls becoming brides are getting younger and younger, threatening their health and wellbeing.
Many of Syria’s displaced women are pregnant, and women report that lack of reproductive care is a major problem. Women receive far too little pre- and post-natal care, which threatens their health and the health of their babies.
MADRE is responding to the critical needs of Syrian women and girls, by providing:
- Humanitarian aid. MADRE delivers life-saving food, water, clothing, supplies and resources for clinics serving refugees in Jordan and birthing centers in Syria.
- Reproductive health supplies and family planning access. MADRE collaborates with local partners and midwives to arrange for visiting clinicians to provide reproductive health care during periodic delegations.
- MADRE works with Circle of Health International and local partners to train Syrian doctors and midwives to care for women suffering from trauma.
- Syrian women and families get humanitarian aid that not only directly saves lives, but relieves the terrible poverty that drives families to make marriages for their young daughters.
- Women receive family planning access, to prevent pregnancies that could endanger their lives, and vital reproductive health care that improves outcomes for mothers and babies.