Disability in Syria


Carry out a quick needs assessment/mapping of the extent and types of disability issues (physical and mental) that are most prevalent in different regions across Syria among men, women, boys and girls. What are donors/UN are doing with regards to disability in Syria?


This rapid review is based on 5 days of desk-based research. It is designed to provide a brief overview of the key issues, and a summary of pertinent evidence found within the time permitted.  The literature was identified using two methods. Firstly, a number of experts were identified and contacted. They were asked to provide comments, references and information relevant to this query. Their comments are listed under the ‘Comments from Experts’ section. Secondly, a non-systematic internet based search was undertaken find evidence on disability in Syria

There are five main sections to the report. The first main section provides some background information to disability and the Syria crisis. The second looks at disability prevalence in Syria. The third provides information on what the major donors are doing to address disability in Syria. The fourth looks at the contribution of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). The final main section presents what the non-government organisations (NGOs) and civil society organisations (CSOs), and disabled persons organisations (DPOs) are doing to address disability in Syria.

Suggested citation

Thompson, S. (2017). Disability in Syria. K4D Helpdesk Report. Brighton, UK: Institute of Development Studies.