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Türkiye Earthquake Response Rapid Needs Assessment in Adıyaman, Gaziantep, and Kahramanmaraş

March 6, 2023

In the early hours of February 6, a record-breaking earthquake struck Türkiye's Pazarcık district in Kahramanmaraş. Registering a 7.8 on the Richter scale, the deadly tremor was felt as far away as Egypt and Cyprus.Within hours, a second earthquake of 7.5 magnitude hit Elbistan, Kahramanmaraş. i Thousands of aftershocks followed in the subsequent days and weeks, including several of magnitudes greater than 5.5—escalating the devastation and hindering search and rescue efforts to free the thousands of people trapped among the nearly 200,000 buildings that collapsed or were severely damaged.Almost a month since the initial earthquake, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) estimates more than 5 million people have been impacted, a large portion of whom will continue to need assistance in the coming weeks and months.vii About 750,000 on both sides of the Turkish-Syrian border are believed to be taking refuge in tents, makeshift shelters, or the remnants of destroyed buildings.viii This includes internally displaced populations in northern Syria and thousands of Syrian refugees living in southern Türkiye. Among these highly vulnerable groups are children orphaned or separated from their families by the earthquakes.ix The current situation, coupled with the likelihood that it will take months, if not years, for impacted communities to recover means that significant needs for a coordinated, targeted, and robust intervention across several sectors, including health, mental health and protection services (MHPSS), non-food item (NFI), protection, shelter, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).

Ukraine Humanitarian Response Impact Report

February 27, 2023

The war for Ukraine's sovereignty began in 2014 when the Russian Federation forcibly occupied Crimea and supported insurrection in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. At the outset of 2022, the United Nations estimated that nearly three million Ukrainians were in need of humanitarian assistance as a result of the eight years of conflict. As the Russian military began to concentrate its forces along the eastern border of Ukraine in the beginning of 2022, the threat of an expanding war became a present reality. On February 24, 2022, the Russian Federation launched an all-out invasion of Ukraine which, through the course of the year, has resulted in massive displacement of civilian populations, the rise of a refugee population in Europe of over eight million, devastation to Ukraine's infrastructure and economy, and the loss of over 7,000 civilian lives, including over 400 children.Russian attacks have increasingly targeted civilian infrastructure, including over 700 verified attacks on health facilities in 2022. Industry across the country has been badly compromised or completely destroyed while supply chains and the country's power grid have been under direct attack. Ukrainians are facing innumerable challenges, including displacement, loss of homes and livelihoods, physical and mental trauma, and separation of families. Moreover, from a demographic perspective, Ukrainians make up one of the oldest populations affected by humanitarian crisis in the world. With access to chronic medications and basic health care badly disrupted and natural support networks destroyed, this has compounded the suffering of a particularly vulnerable cohort and complicated the emergency response efforts.Project HOPE began preparations for a response in early February as the threat of invasion grew. It initiated contingency planning with the Health Cluster in Kyiv, under the chairmanship of the World Health Organization (WHO). Project HOPE also reached out to partner organizations and medical facilities in Ukraine in the weeks leading up to the invasion, while simultaneously putting emergency medical supplies on standby for immediate shipment.

2023 Türkiye & Syria Earthquakes Response: Situation Report #9

February 21, 2023

KEY HIGHLIGHTSTwo strong earthquakes struck southeast Türkiye and northwest Syria on Feb. 6, killing more than 46,000 people.Aftershocks have continued to shake the region, including a 6.3-magnitude earthquake on Feb. 20 that caused additional damage.Project HOPE's Emergency Response Team is on the ground to support survivors through the delivery of key medical equipment and supplies, disaster hygiene kits, and shelter support.Project HOPE's emergency assessments show significant WASH needs at internally displaced camps.

2023 Türkiye & Syria Earthquakes Response: Situation Report #8

February 17, 2023

KEY HIGHLIGHTSTwo strong earthquakes struck southeast Türkiye and northwest Syria on Feb. 6, killing more than 45,000 people.Project HOPE's Emergency Response Team is on the ground to support survivors through the delivery of key medical equipment and supplies, disaster hygiene kits, and shelter support.Project HOPE's emergency assessments are showing a significant WASH need for internally displaced tent camps.

2023 Türkiye & Syria Earthquakes Response: Situation Report #7

February 15, 2023

KEY HIGHLIGHTSTwo strong earthquakes struck southeast Türkiye and northwest Syria on Feb. 6, killing over 41,000 people.Project HOPE's Emergency Response Team is on the ground to support survivors through the delivery of key medical equipment and supplies, disaster hygiene kits, and shelter support.Additional Project HOPE Emergency Response personnel are deploying to Türkiye to respond to the needs of the impacted region.

2023 Türkiye & Syria Earthquakes Response: Situation Report #4

February 9, 2023

KEY HIGHLIGHTSTwo devastating earthquakes struck Southeast Türkiye and Northwest Syria on Monday, killing over 20,000 people.Rescue teams continue to conduct search-and-rescue operations in near-freezing temperatures for a fourth day.Project HOPE's Emergency Response Team is on the ground to support survivors and is working with partners to carry out search and rescue.Nearly four tons of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, and disaster hygiene kits are en route to the impacted region to serve the primary health needs of a catchment population of 35,000 people.Additional Project HOPE Emergency Response Team members are deploying to Türkiye to respond to the immediate needs of the impacted region.

2023 Türkiye & Syria Earthquakes Response: Situation Report #3

February 8, 2023

KEY HIGHLIGHTSTwo strong earthquakes struck southeast Türkiye and Northwest Syria, killing over 11,000 people.Rescue workers continued search-and-rescue operations in freezing temperatures for a third day.Project HOPE's Emergency Response Team is on the ground and working with partners to support search and rescue.Six thousand pounds of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies are en route to the impacted region to serve the primary health needs of a catchment of 30,000 people.Additional Project HOPE Emergency Response Team members are deploying to Türkiye to respond to the immediate needs of the impacted region.

2023 Türkiye & Syria Earthquakes Response: Situation Report #2

February 7, 2023

On February 6, 2023, at 4:17 a.m. local time, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit near Gaziantep, Türkiye. A separate, unusually strong, 7.5-magnitude earthquake along the same fault line struck southeastern Türkiye hours later on Monday afternoon. The back-toback earthquakes were some of the most powerful ever recorded in Türkiye and were felt as far away as Egypt and Lebanon. More than two dozen aftershocks shook the region, creating unstable conditions for rescuers and survivors.At last count, more than 7,200 people have been killed, 22,000 are injured, and thousands of buildings have collapsed throughout the region. These numbers are expected to rise as rescue workers continue operations. Residents and rescue crews worked through the night Monday to dig for people trapped under buildings. The earthquake also struck as a winter storm is affecting the region, so as residents fled their homes they were met with not only near-freezing temperatures, but also several inches of snow on the ground and significant wind chills. These dangerous conditions are affecting not only displaced civilians, but also rescue teams.

2023 Türkiye & Syria Earthquakes Response Situation Report #1

February 7, 2023

On February 6, 2023, at 4:17 a.m. local time, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit near Gaziantep, Türkiye. A separate 7.7-magnitude earthquake along the same fault line struck southeastern Türkiye about nine hours later on Monday afternoon. The back-to-back earthquakes were some of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in Türkiye and were felt as far away as Egypt and Lebanon. More than two dozen aftershocks have rocked the region, creating unstable conditions for rescuers and survivors.At last count, more than 2,300 people have been killed, 5,000 are injured, and thousands of buildings have collapsed in Türkiye and Syria.

Conflict in Ukraine: Situation Report #14

April 22, 2022

The conflict in Ukraine has now displaced 7.1 million Ukrainians to date. The most pressing needs among this population are cash and financial support, transportation, food, shelter, and hygiene items. Many are also in need of medicines and health services. The humanitarian conditions for those who remain in their homes are also severe: Over 1.4 million people are without running water in Eastern Ukraine and an additional 1.6 million across the country are in immediate risk of losing their access. Many others face significant protection, food, and health risks.Project HOPE's support to health facilities and IDPs in Ukraine continues to scale up in response to the overwhelming needs. We are establishing focus on three hubs of support in West Ukraine, East Ukraine, and the Kyiv area with potential expansion to Odessa and Kherson and other areas as security allows.We have also imported more than 150 pallets of medicine and medical supplies to date, including Interagency Emergency Health Kits (IEHKs), Essential Health Packs (EHPs), Trauma and Emergency Surgery Kits (TESKs), first aid kits, prenatal supplements, hygiene kits, and infant kits. These supplies have been delivered to hospitals across Lviv, Kyiv, Cherkasy, Poltova and Kharkiv.We are also establishing a trauma care training model to roll out to medical professionals on the front lines.

Conflict in Ukraine: Situation Report #13

April 15, 2022

Project HOPE continues to scale up operations in Eastern Europe to respond to the ongoing humanitarian crisis. Our teams in Moldova, Poland, Romania, and Ukraine bring technical knowledge on health, mental health, protection, and other sectors with considerable field experience, and a strong relationship with local and international actors to forge a targeted and comprehensive response.This week, more than 7,900 doses of insulin reached Project HOPE's warehouse in Lviv and are now en route to Kharkiv. Project HOPE has imported more than 100 pallets of medicine and medical supplies to date, including Interagency Emergency Health Kits (IEHKs), Essential Health Packs (EHPs), Trauma and Emergency Surgery Kits (TESKs), first aid kits, prenatal supplements, hygiene kits, and infant kits. These supplies have been delivered to six hospitals across Lviv, Kyiv, Cherkasy, Poltova and Kharkiv.In Moldova, Project HOPE has procured more than 300 wheelchairs to be distributed to a local organization serving Ukrainian refugees. We also continue to support  SAMU's Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs) to serve refugees crossing the Ukraine/Moldova border as per the request of the WHO and Moldovan Ministry of Health. The most prevalent diagnoses have included hypertension, upper respiratory infections, and acute mental health issues.

Conflict in Ukraine: Situation Report #12

April 5, 2022

Project HOPE is partnering with a non-governmental organization in Ukraine to purchase and transport pharmaceuticals and medical supplies across the country. This coming week, Project HOPE is transporting 100 pallets of pharmaceuticals and supplies, including insulin, needles, sutures, and gauzes into Lviv for onward distribution into the country. Our team on the ground is also conducting assessments of health facilities to determine needs and how Project HOPE and partners can best fulfill gaps.