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Addressing Vulnerabilities of Refugees and Host Communities in Five Countries Affected by the Syria Crises

General Information

Title of the action

Addressing Vulnerabilities of Refugees and Host Communities in Five Countries Affected by the Syria Crises

Priority areas

Health, Protection and Basic Needs, Livelihoods, Social Cohesion

Focus priority area


Implementing Partner (contract signatory)

Danish Red Cross (DRC)

Action Implementing Partner(s)

Turkish Red Crescent Society (Kızılay), International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC)

Duration (months)

48.5 (Starting date: 15/12/2016)

EU Contribution (EUR)

Total of EUR 49,290,000 (multi-country) out of which EUR 32,399,356 are allocated to Türkiye contracted under FRIT-EUTF funding.


Summary of the Action

Overall objective

To improve wellbeing, resilience and peaceful co-existence among vulnerable refugee and host communities in countries affected by the Syria crisis, contributing to overall stability in the region.

Specific objective(s)



15 community centres in Ankara, İstanbul (Sultanbeyli and Bagcilar), Kocaeli, Konya, Kayseri, Kilis, Şanlıurfa, Gaziantep, Mardin, Kahramanmaraş, Mersin, Izmir, Adana and Hatay.

Target groups

210.000 refugees and members of host communities

Expected results

1. Refugees from Syria and host communities are more self-reliant and resilient to prevalent risks and local conflict.

2. Refugees from Syria and host communities improve health and psychosocial well-being.

3. Turkish Red Cross strengthens its capacity and enhances its ability to reach out  to most vulnerable groups within the refugees and host communities.

Main activities

1. To initiate labour market analysis studies or needs assessments with stakeholders to determine vocational and business skill trainings needed.

2. To equip public vocational training- and job centres and community centres to support training.

3. To provide vocational training and support to small businesses development.

4. Based on the social cohesion analysis of findings, to determine initiatives for social cohesion for refugee and host communities.

5. To organize health education activities through home visits, community meetings and health awareness campaigns.

6. To provide mobile basic health care outreach services for most isolated refugee and host communities and establish referral systems for secondary health care.

7. To plan and organise hygiene promotion activities at household and community levels.

8. Training of community volunteers and social workers in community based psychosocial support.

9. Supporting and mainstreaming of psychosocial support activities for children, adolescents, men and women and with other outreach activities.

10. To organise trainings on needs assessments for Turkish Red Crescent staff and volunteers.

11. Psychosocial support training for field staff and volunteers.

12. Sensitization and training in volunteer management for field staff and senior volunteers.


Progress of Action as of 31 March 2020

State of progress


Progress against Facility Results Framework


• 169.580 refugees who received mental health and psychosocial support services

• 12.416 Syrian refugees and host community members who participated in employability skills training programmes

• 4.078 Syrian refugees and host community members who benefitted from employment related services

• 987 Syrian refugees who completed a Turkish language course outside the formal education system

• 15 supported operational community centres

• 297.504 refugees and host community members who participated in social cohesion activities


• 35 health workers receiving salaries and/or incentives

¹ The data in this Factsheet is sourced from the SUMAF Data Management System. SUMAF is a Facility monitoring and evaluation services project managed by the European Union Delegation to Türkiye.

² A ‘cumulative’ indicator reports the total value of the indicator since the start of the Action.

³ A ‘snapshot’ indicator reports the current value at a particular point in time within a specific reporting period.