One of the biggest and most influential country in the Middle East, Turkey has for centuries been, geographically and diplomatically, a bridge between the region and Europe.
Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war, the country has seen large numbers of civilians fleeing and seeking refuge on its territory or seeking a path to Europe.
More than 2.6 million refugees are now living on Turkish soil, coming mostly from Syria and Iraq as well as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Eritrea, Somalia and Sudan. Some are there in transit to Europe, others wish to stay in Turkey.
The city of Izmir in particular, to the west of the country, faced an influx of many Syrians leaving conflict zones. At least 70 000 of them would be located in the district of Basmane. WAHA is on site and is opening a medical and social center for health and psychological for the Syrian community, while ensuring its integration in Turkish society.
In partnership with the Syrian NGO "Relief Society of Syrian Refugees in Izmir" (Izmirde Suriyeli Mültecilerle Dayanışma Derneği) WAHA opened in March 2016 a medical and social center in the Basmane neighborhood in a building that we rented and rehabilitated.
WAHA will also work with 8 schools around the center of Baseman to welcome Syrian children and we will organize training for hygiene, detection of psychological care needs, as well as medical consultations and SEO.