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Sixty-Nine Tons of Humanitarian Medical Aid En Route to Syria


Turkey-Syria Earthquake 2023

Emergency medical supplies depart Direct Relief's Santa Barbara warehouse on May 3, 2023 for a second Direct Relief-chartered plane bound for Syria in response to February's earthquakes. (Maeve O'Connor/Direct Relief)

On Sunday, May 7, a Direct Relief-chartered 747 cargo plane will depart Los Angeles for Adana, Turkey, carrying 69 tons of medicine and medical supplies for people in northern Syria recovering from February’s devastating earthquakes.

Upon arrival in Adana, the 166-pallet shipment will be loaded onto trucks and driven across the border into Syria, where it will be received by three on-the-ground organizations – Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), Independent Doctors Association, and Syria Relief and Development.

This is the third fully loaded charter flight of medical aid Direct Relief has sent to Syria and Turkey since the earthquakes struck.

Medical Aid En Route to Syria

Medications for acute issues:

  • Antifungals and antibiotics
  • Pain medications
  • Orthopedic products
  • Wound care

Medications to manage chronic disease:

  • Cardiovascular – High blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Psychiatric medications Oncology medications

Other medications:

  • Family planning and emergency contraception
  • Multivitamins
  • Field Medic Backpacks
  • Emergency Health Kits

Other items:

  • Solar lights
  • Diagnostics
  • Gloves/Masks
A charter flight of medical aid arrives in Turkey. (Photo courtesy of FedEx)

In April, Direct Relief and FedEx announced the arrival of a humanitarian relief flight into Turkey carrying 80 tons of medical supplies for areas struck by the earthquakes. Aid aboard the FedEx MD-11 cargo aircraft included specifically requested antibiotics, respiratory medications, anti-seizure therapies, vitamins for children and adults, personal protective equipment, hygiene items, and more.

In March, a 80-ton infusion of aid arrived in Turkey and was trucked into Syria to support the Syrian American Medical Society, Independent Doctors Association, and Syria Relief and Development.

Direct Relief has provided more than 400 tons of medical aid to health facilities in Turkey and Syria since the earthquakes in early February.

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