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What help are we providing in the Middle East?

By Mark Lang | 25 Jan 2016

Conflict in Syria and Iraq have created a humanitarian crisis that is affecting over 20 million people. See how Tearfund's responding.

Years of conflict in Syria and Iraq have created a humanitarian crisis that is affecting more than 20 million people. In Syria, 13 million need help, while in Iraq, nearly a third of the population are in need.

In both countries, Tearfund is providing life-saving aid, as well as helping people deal with the trauma of being caught in the crossfire.

We support an operational team in Iraq and four partners, while in Syria we have three partners. We are also supporting two partners in Jordan and two in Lebanon.

Since our involvement began, Tearfund has provided a wide range of material, emotional and psychosocial support. Help changes according to the seasons, as well as in response to funding.

Partners distributing food to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Photo: Stella Chetham/Tearfund

Partners distributing food to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Photo: Stella Chetham/Tearfund

How Tearfund has helped people

We meet basic needs by supplying:

CASH GRANTS

Giving people cash enables them to decide what essentials they need to buy. It’s means they retain the dignity of being able to make choices and it also reflects that a one-size fits all approach rarely works well. And we know from conducting research, that decisions on how the money is spent are often made jointly between husband and wife. Cash grants also enable Tearfund to be flexible and respond to people’s most current and urgent needs.

Cash grants give spending flexibility and dignity to those receiving them. Photo: Mariam Tadros/Tearfund

Cash grants give spending flexibility and dignity to those receiving them. Photo: Mariam Tadros/Tearfund

WATER AND TOILETS

Water, latrines and handwashing facilities are being provided by Tearfund for displaced people staying in temporary locations. Feminine hygiene products for women and girls are also being supplied. In communities where refugees have been permanently relocated, we are repairing small-scale water supply and sanitation systems.

Other work includes:

  • supplying safe drinking water during the summer in Iraq, when temperatures can well exceed 40C
  • giving families containers to store water
  • promoting good hygiene awareness
HEALTH

With so many displaced people living in makeshift accommodation and lacking access to health services, Tearfund is looking to fill gaps. In northern Iraq, we’re funding a mobile medical clinic to treat those living in hard to reach areas. Also as a result of reported increases in miscarriages, an ultrasound machine is helping monitor pregnant women.

In Jordan, partner community health workers visit refugee women and give advice about nutrition, breastfeeding, vaccination and other topics.

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Written by Mark Lang