The death toll has exceeded 51,000 in Türkiye and north-west Syria as of 7 March. The GNC team (both technical and coordination arms) established direct communication with coordinators in both Damascus and Gaziantep. Coordinators in both locations have asked partners to collect available information on the impact in respective operational areas as soon as possible.

We will update this page regularly with more information on how the GNC and partners are responding, including support available.

Country Key Contacts

Jasinta Hyachits Achen

Nutrition Cluster Coordinator (Syria)

Odai Abdel Rahman

Nutrition Cluster Coordinator (Syria)

Talal Mahgoub 

Nutrition Cluster Coordinator (WOS)

Rasha Al-Ardi

GNC Nutrition Cluster Coordinator (NWS )

Mona Maman

Nutrition Cluster Coordinator (NES)

Rewa Al Rass

Deputy Cluster Coordinator (NWS)

Neha Sing

Deputy Cluster Coordinator (WOS)

Ali Kalem 

Information Management Officer (WOS)

Mohamad Yehya

Information Management Officer (Damascus, Syria)

Adnan Mohammed

Information Management Officer (NES)

Abdulbaset Al Salkini

Information Management Officer (NWS, Turkey)
The Situation

On 6 February, a 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck southern Türkiye at 4:17 am. This is Türkiye's most powerful earthquake recorded since 1939. At least 78 aftershocks have been reported followed by a second earthquake of 7.5 magnitude at 13:24 with the epicenter in Ekinozu/Kahramanmaras province. Tremors were reportedly felt in Gaziantep and neighboring provinces. The Government of Türkiye has since issued a Level 4 alarm, calling for international assistance.

The earthquake also heavily impacted north-west Syria, a region where 4.1 million people depend on humanitarian assistance today. The majority are women and children. At this time, Syrian communities are simultaneously hit with an on-going cholera outbreak and harsh winter events including heavy rain and snow over the weekend.

Click here to view the live dashboard with direct links to daily reports.

The Response

Some implementing nutrition partners have suspended operations in nutrition facilities and activated the Rapid Response Team (RRT) modality to provide services to affected population – distributing High Energy Biscuits, micronutrients, preventive supplies as fortified spread and providing individual counselling for mothers on breastfeeding during difficult circumstances.

The Turkish Red Crescent is currently responding to nutrition in Türkiye by providing mobile kitchens and catering trucks to respond to nutritional needs of those affected. To support TRC efforts, please click here to learn more and donate.

Request support from the GNC Technical Alliance.


Tools for affected populations

Whole of Syria Country Page - GNC website

TEMAS - online system set up to pair mothers with a lactation consultant online across Türkiye

EQ Reliefweb - with up to date information, including the most recent flash appeals

Earthquake response Dashboard 

Joint Statement - WoS (Arabic & English)

Nutrition Cluster Reliefweb page - All Nutrition cluster related information


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