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30 May 2016 description

Even before commemorating World Health Day 2016 on 7 April, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) started promoting a series of events to stimulate healthier lifestyles for students and staff across its schools and fields of operations, with the generous support of the United States.

25 May 2016 description

Bern, 24.05.2016 - Having attended the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul where he discussed measures to jointly tackle violent conflict, major humanitarian challenges and the refugee crisis, the Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA, Federal Councillor Didier Burkhalter, stopped off in Lebanon. In the capital, Beirut, he visited a number of projects in a show of support for the efforts being made by Switzerland and its partner organisations to improve the future prospects of people in Lebanon.

24 May 2016 description

Today in Geneva, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) launched its 2015 Annual Report of the Department of Health, which highlights the remarkable gains achieved by UNRWA in reducing mother and child deaths, infectious and communicable disease transmission, and achieving nearly 100 per cent vaccination coverage rates.

24 May 2016 description

Executive Summary

For the seventh decade, UNRWA Health programme continues to deliver comprehensive preventive and curative primary health care (PHC) services to Palestine refugees through a network of 143 primary health care facilities, and helps them access secondary and tertiary health care services. The total number of registered Palestine refugees has reached some 5.7 million, out of whom; about 3.5 million are served at our health centres.

24 May 2016 description

Press release | Published: 2016-05-24

'Norway is entering into a multi-year cooperation agreement with Unicef, and will provide up to NOK 400 million for education in Syria and its neighbouring countries. This is a follow-up to the donor conference for Syria earlier this year. It will give Unicef greater predictability in its efforts to help children and young people,' said Minister of Foreign affairs Børge Brende.

22 May 2016 description
report UN Children's Fund


• In Syria UNICEF reached around 139,700 people in 31 hard to reach locations in April with life-saving interventions and critical services, as well as supplies for at least 94,000 beneficiaries in three of the 19 besieged areas.

19 May 2016 description
infographic UN Population Fund
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Syria Crisis

Overview of gender-based violence affecting Syrians in the six countries affected by the Syrian crisis (Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt)

This prolonged crisis in Syria has exacerbated and escalated the vulnerabilities of Syrian women and girls, creating increased and diverse risks for men, women, girls, and boys. Many families have been torn apart and communities destroyed. Schools and hospitals have been wrecked with weakened protection, security, and justice systems.

18 May 2016 description
report A World at School

International leaders must take urgent action to deliver education to millions of children in humanitarian emergencies - or face a “full-blown global crisis” that will haunt the world for three generations.

That was the stark warning from Gordon Brown, the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, as he challenged donors to ensure the new Education Cannot Wait fund is successful.

16 May 2016 description

Technical education experts from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) came together last week in Amman to discuss the development of the Agency’s Education in Emergencies strategy. The workshop was facilitated by Frosse Dabit, UNRWA Education Programme Specialist, along with the Director of the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE), Dean Brooks.

16 May 2016 description
report Save the Children

At least 3.5 million refugee children around the world are currently out of school, leaving them increasingly vulnerable to discrimination and potential abuse, as well as exploitation by traffickers or the pressure of entering into early marriage.

16 May 2016 description

These dashboards reflect the humanitarian and resilience responses of more than 200 partners, including governments, UN Agencies, and NGOs, involved in the 3RP response in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Achievements are cumulative from the start of 2016, while targets are based on full funding of the 3RP and an expected 4.69 million refugees by end-2016.


14 May 2016 description

Hanne Eide Mortensen (13.05.2016)

A historically high number of Syrians, displaced in Syria and in neighbouring countries, were assisted by NRC in 2015.

Altogether, NRC assisted over 1.8 million Syrians in 2015, according to NRC's annual report for last year.

“That’s more than any year since the war began,” says NRC’s Head of Social Policy Department, Harriet Rudd.

12 May 2016 description


  • Deteriorating protection situation for civilians across Syria

  • Several indiscriminate attacks on medical facilities, schools and critical infrastructure in Aleppo city

  • Provisional cessation of hostilities agreement extended to cover Aleppo

  • IDP settlements in Idleb governorate hit by strikes

  • Continued delivery of cross-line assistance despite pending or conditional approval from GoS for humanitarian access to some besieged and hard-to-reach areas

12 May 2016 description


  • Syria: During the month of April, IOM in Damascus provided 206 beneficiaries with disability kits (containing wheelchairs and crutches) in crossline areas in Aleppo and Homs through inter-agency convoys. Furthermore, IOM started shelter interventions in Aleppo Governorate to enhance living conditions of 100 IDP families living in makeshift camps.

05 May 2016 description


  • ISSG representatives agree to a nationwide cessation of hostilities

  • Relief agencies reach 778,000 people in hard-to-reach and besieged locations since January

  • Intensified aerial attacks in and around the city of Aleppo cause civilian casualties and damage key infrastructure, including NGO-supported health facilities


03 May 2016 description
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As the brutal conflict continues in Syria, millions of people continue to be in need. Hundreds of thousands have been killed in the conflict between the Assad regime, extremist groups and moderate opposition groups. In response to the crisis, the UK has committed £2.3 billion since 2012. This includes allocations to over 30 implementing partners (including United Nations agencies, international non-governmental organisations and the Red Cross) and is helping to meet the immediate needs of vulnerable people in Syria and of refugees in the region.

02 May 2016 description

The month saw fighting escalate again in Syria and Afghanistan, and erupt in Nagorno-Karabakh between Armenian-backed separatists and Azerbaijani forces. In Bangladesh, election violence and killings by extremist groups showed how new heights of government-opposition rivalry and state repression have benefitted violent political party wings and extremist groups alike. Political tensions intensified in Iraq and Macedonia, and security forces severely supressed opposition protests in the Republic of Congo and Gambia.