World Breastfeeding Week

Breastfeeding is one of the most effective ways to ensure a child’s health and survival. However, fewer than half of infants under six months of age are exclusively breastfed.

During World Breastfeeding Week, which occurs in the first week of August each year, the nutrition, health, and community teams at the Independent Doctors Association participated in an international campaign to raise awareness about the importance of breastfeeding. The campaign carries the slogan, “Let’s make breastfeeding and work, work!”

Throughout the campaign, our staff focused on the role of breast milk, which serves as the ideal food for infants. It is safe, clean, and contains antibodies that help prevent many common childhood diseases. Mother’s milk provides the infant with all the energy and nutrients needed during the first months of life. Moreover, it continues to fulfill nearly half or more of the child’s nutritional requirements during the second half of the first year and up to a third during the second year.

Among the vital information regarding breastfeeding is that breastfed children achieve better results in intelligence tests, are less likely to be overweight or obese, and have a reduced likelihood of developing diabetes in later years. Additionally, breastfeeding decreases the incidence of breast and ovarian cancer in women who practice it.




Bab Al-Nour PHC: Providing Vital Services to Displaced Communities

Located in northern Syria’s Azaz area, the Bab Al-Nour Health Care Center has served displaced communities for over seven years. Operated by the Independent Doctors Association, the center focuses on delivering healthcare and nutrition services to elevate the health standards within the community.

Comprehensive Services:
The center provides approximately 3,680 health services and 2,950 nutritional services per month. Its healthcare services include preventive, diagnostic, and treatment-related care, ensuring easy access to essential healthcare for the displaced population.

Commitment to Excellence:
The Independent Doctors Association aims to provide integrated and high-quality healthcare services. With a network of health centers in northern Syria, the organization emphasizes prevention, early diagnosis, and effective treatment to raise the overall health level in society.

Bab Al-Nour PHC
Bab Al-Nour PHC








Community Impact:
The Bab Al-Nour, Health Care Center, has significantly impacted the displaced communities it serves. By offering accessible and quality healthcare services, the center has saved lives and improved the population’s well-being. Its focus on nutrition has addressed malnutrition concerns, benefiting vulnerable individuals, especially children and pregnant women.

The Bab Al-Nour Health Care Center, operated by the Independent Doctors Association, is vital in providing essential services to displaced communities in northern Syria. Through its commitment to excellence, the center has positively impacted the health and well-being of the population it serves.

Malnutrition in Syria: The Role of the Independent Doctors Association


The ongoing Syrian crisis has caused one of the worst humanitarian crises in modern history, with millions displaced, injured, or killed. Among the many challenges facing the Syrian population, malnutrition has emerged as a significant health concern, particularly among children under five, pregnant and lactating women, and other vulnerable groups. The conflict has disrupted the country’s food system, leading to food shortages, rising prices, and poor access to essential nutrients. Malnutrition is a complex problem that requires a multifaceted response, and the Independent Doctors Association (IDA) is playing a critical role in addressing this issue.

Malnutrition in Syria: The Role of the Independent Doctors Association

The Independent Doctors Association is a non-profit organization in Syria that provides healthcare services to underserved populations. Since its inception in 2012, the organization has established 25 community health centers and more than eight mobile clinics in NWS Syria.

IDA provides various health services, including primary care, emergency care, and reproductive health services. However, one of its primary focus areas is nutrition, and the organization has implemented several programs to address malnutrition in Syria.

IDA’s nutrition services are designed to address the needs of pregnant and lactating women, children under five, and other vulnerable populations. The organization regularly measures and monitors children’s growth and weight and offers counseling and education on proper nutrition practices. IDA also distributes nutritional supplements, including high-energy biscuits and micronutrient powders, to address essential vitamin and mineral deficiencies. These supplements are necessary for pregnant and lactating women, who require higher nutrient intake to support the growth and development of their babies.

Malnutrition in Syria: The Role of the Independent Doctors Association

In addition to its nutritional services, IDA operates two centers for treating severe acute malnutrition (SAM).
These centers provide specialized care to children with SAM, who require urgent medical attention to prevent long-term health consequences. The centers offer various services, including medical treatment, nutritional rehabilitation, and counseling for parents and caregivers.

One of the critical strengths of IDA’s approach to addressing malnutrition is its focus on community engagement and empowerment. The organization works closely with local communities to raise awareness about proper nutrition’s importance and promote healthy practices. IDA also trains community health workers and volunteers to provide essential nutrition education and to monitor children’s growth and weight. By involving local communities in its programs, IDA can reach more people and create sustainable solutions to the problem of malnutrition in Syria.

Despite the challenges posed by the ongoing conflict in Syria, the Independent Doctors Association has remained committed to providing essential health services to vulnerable populations. Through its nutrition programs, the organization is making a significant impact in addressing malnutrition in Syria. By providing critical services, distributing nutritional supplements, and engaging local communities, IDA is helping to ensure that children and families have access to the resources they need to lead healthy and productive lives.

IDA’s Mobile Clinics

IDA’s Mobile Clinics

A doctor treats a child in a temporary shelter

Mobile clinics are vital in providing medical services to those affected by the earthquake in northwestern Syria.
These clinics are particularly important for those living in shelters, where access to healthcare may be limited.
Independent Doctors Association is one organization that provides mobile medical services in the region, helping to alleviate the suffering of those affected by the earthquake by providing care where they are. Their services include medical consultations, first aid, and other essential medical care.

World Tuberculosis Day

World Tuberculosis Day 2023

Marked each year on 24 March, World Tuberculosis Day gives the occasion to raise awareness about tuberculosis (TB) and to advocate more efforts to eliminate it.

In this regard, the Independent Doctors Association held a symposium introducing the disease in Al-Bab, Syria. 

Ramadan Mubarak from IDA

Ramadan Mubarak from IDA 

On behalf of the Independent Doctors Association, we would like to extend our warmest congratulations to all Muslims on the blessed month of Ramadan. We pray that this Ramadan will be a source of peace, joy, and blessings for all.

Ramadan Mubarek

One month has passed since the devastating earthquakes.

One month has passed since the devastating earthquakes that targeted northwestern Syria and Turkey.
We provided thousands of afflicted people with health care, nutrition, protection, and shelter services.
The disaster is still going on, and Accompanying a community through all the phases of disaster recovery requires a long-term commitment.
The number of afflicted is enormous; people need food, water, shelter, and medicines.

What if you were in their shoes?! What would I do?

More than a million displaced Syrian are trying hard to live where hundreds of random, remote camps located near to the Syrian- Turkish borders,
the last rainstorm hit northwest Syria, many camps were damaged and left the families without a shelter as well as the mud has blocked the movements,
This suffering hasn’t happened once this year; it’s every year suffering; it’s gaining year after year,
Away from the world, every tent hides a story behind it
Faces of children and elders telling hundreds of tragic stories as residue from alienation and torment
40 team of Independent Doctors Association, they work to improve the health of children and women through repeated visits to camps,
In the photos, a part of the community health team visit the random camps located near the Syrian Turkish borders,
Khadija, a team leader of the IDA community health team, says:
We visit camps to follow up on children and women’s health no matter how difficult it is to reach them. We provide supplementary feeding and spread awareness among the IDPs,
We feel sad because we could not move them to better places and not provide for their needs. I’ve seen children freezing from cold during my visits,
It’s difficult to describe how hard their life is,
I wish I could have the resources to make their lives like any normal children and ask myself, what if I were in their parents’ shoes? What a feeling I would try when I’m helpless to make their life better?!!


Primary health care

Primary health care is a whole-of-society approach to health and well-being centred on the needs and preferences of individuals, families and communities.  It addresses the broader determinants of health and focuses on the comprehensive and interrelated aspects of physical, mental and social health and wellbeing.


Photos of the primary care services at the Independent Doctors ِAssocation


Providing the highest standards of health care services