Benefits Local Host Communities In Turkey
The United States applauds Turkey’s strong support for Syrian refugees who have spent the last six years in exile. We share the understanding that after six long years, refugees who fled the conflict in Syria need to build a decent life for themselves and their children. We also recognize the tremendous responsibility that the Turkish people, local communities, and municipalities have shouldered in hosting refugees. It is our hope that projects such as these will help strengthen local host communities who are generously hosting refugees.
Improving Healthcare: Migrant Health Training Centers, established throughout Turkey, help prepare Syrian doctors and nurses to provide healthcare for Syrian refugees at Migrant Health Centers, which reduces the number of patients – and wait times – at local hospitals and emergency rooms.
. Through support from the United States, the World Health Organization (WHO) – working with the Turkish Ministry of Health – operates seven Migrant Health Training Centers to provide doctor and nurse trainings. With this training, Syrian medical professionals are able to transfer their accreditation and serve their fellow Syrian refugees to meet medical needs, without over-burdening the Turkish public healthcare system.
Building Community Support: A waste transfer station constructed in Gaziantep helps prevent the use of open dumpsites, and relieves the pressure on the local municipality in collecting and managing waste – increasing capacity to provide required services for the large influx of Syrians, in addition to host communities.
. Through support from the United States, the UN Development Program (UNDP) – in partnership with the Metropolitan Municipality, Regional Administration, and the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) – this project aims to reduce the strain on host communities throughout the region in terms waste management.
Growing Job Opportunities: Vocational training offered to Syrian refugees and Turkish host community members in Sanliurfa develops qualified workers – and finds them jobs – cooperating with local guilds that need employees in welding, auto repair, and other skilled trades, while fulfilling market demand.
. Through support from the United States, the International Labor Organization (ILO) – in cooperation with the local employment agency – provides certified training for students, and helps find employment for graduates through trade unions – increasing employment opportunities for Syrians and Turks.
. Through support from the United States, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) – in partnership with the University of Ankara – is also providing a certificate program in psychosocial support and conflict transformation for Syrian and Turkish social workers.