Improved access to health services for Syrian refugees in Turkey

General Information

Title of the action

Improved access to health services for Syrian refugees in Turkey

Priority sector


Implementing partner

World Health Organisation (WHO)


Ministry of Health (MoH)

Duration (months)

24 (Starting date: 01/04/2018)

EU Contribution (EUR)

EUR 11,500,000 contracted under FRIT-EUTF funding.


Summary of the Action

Main objectives

The overall objective is to improve access to quality and equitable health care for refugees and impacted host communities.
The specific objectives are:

1. To support national health care services by increasing the capacity of Syrian health staff.

2. To provide quality health related services to refugees and impacted host communities in Turkey.


Ankara, Gaziantep, Hatay, Istanbul, İzmir, Mersin, Şanlıurfa

Target groups

Syrian doctors, nurses, interpreters and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) staff

Expected results

The number, quality, and capacity of employed Syrian health professionals to provide health services within the Turkish Health System are improved and strengthened, so they are employed to serve the Syrian refugee population in Turkey.

Main activities

  • 300 Syrian doctors and 300 nurses will be identified and invited to the
    adaptation training. They will complete 1 week theoretical and 6 weeks practical trainings.
  • 600 interpreters will be identified, selected and prioritized for medical terminology training.  
  • 150 Syrian and 150 Turkish health personnel will be identified to attend the MHPSS training.
  • Training curriculum will be prepared by medical universities, supported by WHO and approved by MoH for use in the continuous medical training in Turkey.
  • 1.500 participants will be prioritized to undergo continuous training.
  • 140 Syrian health professionals and others will receive continuous medical training in all 7 MHTCs each week. In total, 1.500 participants will complete continuous training.

Progress of Action as of July 2018

State of progress