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Improved access to health services for Syrian refugees in Türkiye

General Information

Title of the action

Improved access to health services for Syrian refugees in Türkiye

Priority areas


Focus priority area


Implementing Partner (contract signatory)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Action Implementing Partner(s)

Ministry of Health (MoH)

Duration (months)

33 (Starting date: 01/04/2018)

EU Contribution (EUR)

EUR 11.500.000 Contracted under FRIT1 - EUTF funding.


Summary of the Action

Overall objective

To improve access to quality and equitable health care for refugees and impacted host communities.

Specific objective(s)

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 Türkiye.


Ankara, Gaziantep, Hatay, Istanbul, Izmir, Mersin, Sanliurfa

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 Türkiye.

Main activities

1. 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.

2. 600 interpreters will be identified, selected and prioritized for medical terminology training.

3. 150 Syrian and 150 Turkish health personnel will be identified to attend the MHPSS training.

4. Training curriculum will be prepared by medical universities, supported by WHO and approved by MoH for use in the continuous medical training in Türkiye.

5. 1.500 participants will be prioritized to undergo continuous training.

6. 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 31 March 2020

State of progress


Progress against Facility Results Framework


• 2.019 health workers trained

• 42.812 refugees who received mental health and psychosocial support services

• 388.958 primary healthcare consultations provided to refugees

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.