Promoting the nursing sector

The project aimed to promote the nursing sector by improving the professional practices of nurses, service and administrative staff in private and public hospitals in the Syrian capital Damascus. The project covered three areas: continuous in-service training for nursing staff in private and public hospitals; training for nurse supervisors; and training trainers in nursing.


The project’s implementation was adapted to the conditions prevailing in the country. Despite the situation in Syria, 69 members of the nursing staff, 2 care-givers and the head of nursing staff were trained in the private sector, and 84 staff completed in-service training in nursing care in the public hospitals. The training led to a considerable improvement in nursing care, as reflected in the overall cleanliness of the premises, improved hygiene and sterilisation procedures. Additionally, the eight remaining participants in the train-the-trainers curriculum in nursing completed their courses in July 2013, and received their diplomas. In total, during the two years of the project, 166 people were trained.

The IECD (Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement) is a French NGO founded in 1988. It runs international solidarity projects in developing countries, with a focus on education and training.

People trained


Health / Education


January 2012 - December 2013


Damascus / Syria

With whom

IECD (Institut Européen de Coopération et de Développement)



18.2 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 1,840/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
35% (2007)

Literacy rate
86% (2016)

Human Development Index
155th out of 189 countries (2018)

The ongoing violent conflict in Syria is taking a heavy toll on the life of the Syrian people and the economy. Lack of sustained access to health care, education, housing and food have exacerbated the impact of the conflict and pushed millions of people into unemployment (50%) and poverty. More than half of Syria’s population has been displaced and 75% of the Syrian people require humanitarian assistance. The collapse of the economy, soaring food prices, loss and disruption of livelihoods and arable lands, as well as the decline in food production,  have led to widespread food insecurity.


Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.