What are the needs?
The conflict in Syria is now in its fifth year, creating an overwhelming humanitarian crisis. Millions of people are in need of emergency assistance such as medical and food assistance, shelter and winterisation. The security situation is preventing aid workers from reaching those who are trapped by the fighting and who are in great need. Treating and evacuating the wounded is a priority and civilians who are trying to flee the fighting need urgent assistance and protection. Beyond emergency needs, shortages of all kinds are affecting the civilian population, including growing fuel shortages.
The continuous flow of Syrians seeking safety is bringing the neighbouring countries of Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, Egypt and North Africa to a dangerous saturation point. These countries need urgent support to continue keeping borders open and assisting refugees.
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How are we helping?
Europe is the world's largest donor to the international response to the crisis. The European Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) is in daily contact with its humanitarian partners and is coordinating its humanitarian activities with EU Member States and all other significant donors.
The EU's humanitarian funding provides medical emergency relief, protection, food and nutritional assistance, water, sanitation and hygiene, shelter, health, and logistics services. Beyond the Syrian border, EU funding ensures that people fleeing the country will receive life-saving assistance such as health, food, shelter, hygiene kits, water and sanitation services, and protection.
Several Member States (Denmark, France, Hungary, Italy, Sweden, Slovakia, Norway, Austria and Luxembourg) have also provided in-kind assistance through the EU's Emergency Response Coordination Centre.
See the ECHO Factsheet on Syria for the latest facts and figures.