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27 Mar 2015 description

2014 IN REVIEW

This Annual Report sets out the collective achievements of over 155 actors - including host governments, UN agencies, NGOs, IOM, foundations and donors - to respond to the protection and assistance needs of refugees from Syria and impacted local communities under the Regional Response Plan (RRP6) in 2014.

24 Mar 2015 description

Snapshot 18-24 March 2015

Syria: The Government carried out over 10,000 airstrikes between October and March, dropping more than 5,300 barrel bombs and killing almost 2,200 civilians. A chlorine attack on 16 March in Idleb killed six people.

23 Mar 2015 description
report Kuwait News Agency

KUWAIT, March 22 (KUNA) -- Kuwait has committed itself on the official and non-government levels to easing the burden on Syrians displaced as a result of the conflict in their country which started just over four years ago.

Humanitarian campaigns launched by Kuwaiti charity organisations only a few months after the start of the conflict, focused on neighbouring countries which started to host fleeing refugees like Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. They provided families with food, education for their children, healthcare and shelter.

23 Mar 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

INTERESTING INITIATIVES, GOOD PRACTICES AND RESOURCES:

UNFPA launched a handbook on Reporng on Gender-Based Violence in the Syria Crisis to help journalists be%er understand issues surrounding gender-based violence (GBV) and to write about it more effecvely and sensively. It is also available in Arabic here. The 9 ethical principles: Reporng Ethically on Gender-Based Violence in the Syria Crisis available in English and in Arabic.

19 Mar 2015 description

‘The humanitarian crisis in Syria is escalating. The Government is now providing NOK 750 million to support efforts in Syria and the neighbouring countries. Children are the hardest hit. NOK 150 million of these funds will be earmarked for education and child protection efforts,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Børge Brende.

19 Mar 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • WHO SYRIA reached 40,784 with medicines in Damascus and Aleppo;

  • WHO LEBANON continued health care worker training on the Mental Health Gap Action Program (MHGAP), finalizing in the South and Bekaa for 62 health care staff in 28 PHC centres;

  • WHO JORDAN sent one surgical kit to a secondary level health facility in Syria;

  • WHO IRAQ procured four additional new mobile clinics with funds from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the MoH;

18 Mar 2015 description
report Finnish Red Cross

Friday 13 March 2015 marks four years since the start of the Syrian conflict. There is no end in sight for the most destructive humanitarian crisis of the decade.

By the start of the year, over half of Syria’s population of 21.5 million had been forced to flee their homes. That is twice the population of Finland. According to the UN Refugee Agency, UNCHR, approximately eight million people live as refugees within Syria, and three million people have fled to the neighbouring countries.

17 Mar 2015 description

Snapshot 11–17 March 2015

Vanuatu: 24 people are confirmed dead so far after Tropical Cyclone Pam hit on 13 March. Shefa, Tafea, Malampa, and Penama are among the worst affected provinces. Access challenges are significant.

Cameroon: The number of people internally displaced in the north has almost doubled since 10 February, to 117,000. This brings the number of displaced in Cameroon to an estimated 412,700, including 66,000 fleeing Boko Haram violence in Nigeria and the rest from the Central African Republic.

16 Mar 2015 description

Ongoing War Creates Invisible Mental Health Crisis for Syrian People International Medical Corps Report Calls for Strengthening Sustainable Mental Health Services

16 Mar 2015 description

As the crisis in Syria has entered its fifth year, humanitarian needs have dramatically increased with over 12 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, including 7.6 million people displaced inside Syria, 5.6 million of which are children, and over 4 million people which have taken refuge in a neighboring country in the Middle-East. One in two refugees is under 18.

People in Syria’s needs are more urgent than ever

15 Mar 2015 description
report UN Population Fund

HIGHLIGHTS

SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC

UNFPA assists partners that are reaching out to 16,300 women of reproductive age in Damascus, Rural Damascus, Homs, Tartous, Lattakia and Hama with 32,300 reproductive health and GBV services. UNFPA sends 100,000 hygiene kits and 5,400 female dignity kits to high risk areas in northern Syria through cross-border conveys from Turkey.

LEBANON

13 Mar 2015 description

Teachers from the UK travelled to Zaatari camp this week to visit staff and pupils affected by the Syria conflict.

On the fourth anniversary of the start of the Syrian conflict, a group of British school teachers visited Jordan this week to support teachers and school children affected by the conflict.

The British Council organised the visit as part of the Connecting Classrooms programme.

13 Mar 2015 description
report Medair

This week marks four years since the Syrian crisis began. More than 7.6 million people have been displaced within Syria, and almost four million have fled to neighbouring countries. With no end in sight to the fighting, millions of Syrian refugees are left without adequate shelter, health care, and food and water.

Medair began responding to the crisis in 2012 and is providing Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon with shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene support, health services, and cash assistance.

13 Mar 2015 description
  • The number of people affected by the crisis continues to rise.

  • Humanitarian needs increase while funding gaps get bigger.

  • 380,000 refugees are currently considered extremely vulnerable and best served by resettlement to other countries.

After four years of war, there is no real prospect of peace in Syria.

The humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate for Syrians across the region, and funding is not keeping up with the increasing numbers of people in need of assistance.

13 Mar 2015 description

Key messages

  • The Syria conflict has triggered the world's largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. Humanitarian needs continue to rise, population displacements continue, and an entire generation of children is being exposed to war and violence, increasingly deprived of basic services, education and protection.

12 Mar 2015 description
infographic Caritas

Caritas aims to increase its work in Syria, Iraq and across the Middle East in 2015 as the conflict in Syria enters into its fifth year with no solution in sight.

The Caritas confederation of Catholic aid agencies operating in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Turkey reached 1.2 million people in 2014 with aid through national Caritas and Church partners.

12 Mar 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

As Syria crisis enters fifth year, more support urged for young adolescents

New York/Amman, 12 March 2015. Some 14 million children across the region are now suffering from the escalating conflict sweeping Syria and much of Iraq, said UNICEF today.