The war that began in Syria in March 2011 has caused what the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has called "the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time."
The UN agency OCHA (2020 data) has estimated that the humanitarian emergency involves nowadays 11.1 million people, 4.8 being children and 6.2 million still internally displaced. Moreover 12.4 million people still live in food insecurity and 80% of the population in Syria live below poverty line.
Supporting the population. AVSI Foundation is one of 27 international organizations present in Syria, working on several fronts to support the Syrian people. In Damascus, supporting activities for women and education for children and in Damascus and Aleppo, promoting the well-being for the poorest one.
In fact, in 2017 AVSI launched the Open Hospitals project, promoted by the Nunciatura Apostolica in Damascus along with Cor Unum and the Gemelli Foundation, in order to give free cures to poor patients in three Syrian non-profit hospitals. This work was necessary in the face of an unprecedented health crisis: nearly 11.5 million people, 40% of which are children, do not receive adequate medical care. In Aleppo, more than 2 million people do not have access to hospitals, in Damascus, more than a million. The health system cannot cope with the demand for care and families cannot pay their medical bills. At the end of 2020, 40,000 patients had been treated for free thanks to this project.
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