Health services for Syrian refugees in Turkey

WHO/Ali Saltan

A Syrian man receives health care in a WHO-supported refugee health training centre in Ankara

Since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, over 3.5 million Syrian refugees, out of more than 5.5 million, have fled to Turkey where they have been granted shelter. This makes of Turkey the country with the highest number of refugees in the world. WHO works closely with Turkey’s Ministry of Health to provide culturally and linguistically-sensitive health services to Syrian refugees.

From its country office in Turkey, WHO:

  • supports 7 refugee health training centres, where Syrian doctors and nurses receive on-the-job training while providing health services for Syrian patients;
  • trains Arabic-Turkish language interpreters to serve as patient guides at primary, secondary and tertiary levels of care;
  • provides continuing medical education to Turkish and Syrian health staff in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic disorders;
  • supports government’s vaccination campaigns for refugee children;
  • trains and employs Syrian community health support staff to provide home care to the Syrian elderly and disabled/