About us

Who We Are

IDA is an independent humanitarian organization working to attain a standard level of health and social well-being for affected populations in Aleppo governorate, linking relief activities with subsequent rehabilitation and development work.

IDA establishes and manages health projects in its areas of reach in Northern Syria, coordinates health work with other humanitarian and medical bodies, and raises the capacity of medical systems and community.

IDA also detects violations of human rights and infringement of civilian protection, and advocates for an increased protection of medical professionals and facilities according to International Humanitarian Law.

Current focal areas

Regional: Aleppo governorate, Northern Syria

Sectorial: Health, Nutrition, Protection and Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM)

Current beneficiaries and target regions

IDA provides services to conflict affected people, including IDPs, host communities, residents and people in hard to reach areas, with a special focus on children and women.

During the 12 month period from February 2015 to January 2016, IDA provided health services to 500,000 beneficiaries in 75% of Aleppo governorate.

Towards the end of 2016, IDA has expanded its area of coverage in Aleppo governorate and will soon reach 1 million beneficiaries.


IDA was founded by a medical committee of Syrian doctors from Aleppo in June 2012 as a response to the humanitarian needs in areas outside of government control in Northern Syria. Their mission was to rehabilitate the healthcare system adapted to the crisis situation and to cover the growing IDP needs.

In August of 2014, the members of this medical committee registered the Independent Doctors Association as a NGO in Turkey to strengthen the response for the affected population of Aleppo in coordination with cross-border humanitarian actors in Turkey.


To build, rehabilitate and improve an integrated health care system to ensure good health for persons affected by conflict, natural disasters and epidemics, regardless of religion, ethnicity, background or political affiliation.

To promote civilian protection and humanitarian access to affected people in accordance with International Humanitarian Law (IHL).


Strengthen the right and the means to a healthy, safe and dignified life for all.

Our Achievements