The humanitarian situation in Syria: A snapshot in the third year of the crisis

Shannon Doocy, Tefera D. Delbiso, The Iocc/Gopa Study Team, Debarati Guha-Sapir

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Between April and June 2014, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), an International NGO, and the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East (GOPA) conducted a needs assessment of Syrians affected by the crisis with the objective of gaining a better understanding of humanitarian needs and assistance priorities. Findings suggest that interventions that increase access to non-food items, food, medication and education should be prioritized where cost was the primary barrier to accessing goods and services. Cash transfer programs and direct provision of material assistance should be considered, though the most appropriate assistance modality is likely to vary by sector, location and the preferences and prior experience of donors and implementing organizations. Renewed international commitment to funding humanitarian assistance efforts in Syria and neighboring countries where the burden of refugees is greatest is essential from both a human rights perspective and in terms of maintaining stability in the region.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPLoS Currents
Issue numberDISASTERS
StatePublished - Mar 3 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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