Syrian Refugee Crisis 2015

The ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in Syria has left more than 12.2 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, including more than 5.6 million children. Now entering its 5th year, the conflict has seen over 220,000 killed and more than 1 million injured since 2010. The situation in Syria is now the largest displacement of people in the world, with 7.6 million internally displaced and more than 4 million registered refugees in neighboring countries.

MGH Global Health is actively engaged with our international partners and the humanitarian community at Harvard to support those who are affected by the conflict. Through advocacy, education, and fundraising, and guided by internationally-approved standards for effective humanitarian impact, Mass General has joined the international community to support those in need of humanitarian aid.

Supporting Humanitarian Relief for Syria:
The Office of Global Disaster Response at MGH Global Health is not currently mobilizing material donations or medical teams to send to Syria. Should our community of colleagues and supporters wish to contribute to international humanitarian efforts for Syria, we recommend the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Qualified non-governmental organizations and aid groups operating under the Syrian Humanitarian Assistance Response Plan (SHARP) or Regional Response Plan (RRP) can apply to the pooled CERF to fill gaps in priority sectors and geographical areas through a consultative and collaborative approval processes at the country level. In 2013, the CERF disbursed over $32.6 million to assist beneficiaries inside Syria and in neighboring countries housing refugees from the conflict.

To contribute to the CERF, please visit the OCHA Syria website

Employees and Staff:
If you are an employee of the Massachusetts General Hospital interested in volunteering for international deployments to support medical operations after natural and man-made disasters, please submit a profile for our disaster response database. For more information about Global Disaster Response at Mass General, please visit our website:

Global Disaster Response at the Massachusetts General Hospital:
Founded in 1811, Massachusetts General Hospital is the oldest and largest teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. Pursuing a four-part mission of patient care, teaching, research and community health, the hospital is consistently ranked among the top hospitals nationwide. The Mass General Center for Global Health—modeling the larger institution and its 200-year legacy of excellence for innovative clinical care, transformative scientific discoveries and world class medical training—works across the globe to prevent avoidable deaths and to alleviate the physical pain and mental anguish resulting from disease, natural disasters, poverty and war. These interwoven strengths are further leveraged by collaborations with Harvard Medical School, the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Mass General Hospital is a recognized leader in disaster relief, providing rapid, professional, post-catastrophe medical care in response to humanitarian emergencies. Global Disaster Response at Mass General supports teams of skilled clinicians and support staff that can be rapidly deployed to disasters anywhere in the world.

Last updated: 22 Sept 2015