The Novo Nordisk Foundation is granting DKK 13 million to provide lifesaving emergency relief as well as health and food assistance to those affected by the earthquakes in the north-west of Syria.
Two weeks after a series of devastating earthquakes hit Türkiye and the Syrian Arab Republic, another strong earthquake hit the region at the beginning of this week.
The need for support to the earthquake-affected people in the two countries is still immense. To mitigate the consequences for those affected by the earthquakes in the north-west of Syria, the Novo Nordisk Foundation is granting a total of DKK 13 million (€1.75 million) to provide lifesaving emergency relief as well as health and food assistance.
The grant will be divided between three organisations with existing operations in the north-west of Syria:
- Up to DKK 6 million to the World Health Organization (WHO) to provide emergency health services.
- Up to DKK 5 million to the World Food Programme (WFP) to provide emergency food assistance.
- Up to DKK 2 million to DanChurchAid (DCA) to provide relief and food assistance.
“North-west Syria is already affected by existing large-scale humanitarian needs after years of conflict. With the additional damages from the earthquakes, there is an immense need for humanitarian assistance and continued international attention,” says Flemming Konradsen, Senior Vice President, Social & Humanitarian, Novo Nordisk Foundation.
Previous support to the earthquake-affected people in Syria
Immediately after the earthquakes on 6 February, the Novo Nordisk Foundation granted a total of DKK 5 million (€671.000) divided between the Danish Red Cross and the Danish Refugee Council in support of their work with people affected by the disaster in the north-west of Syria.