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29 May 2015 description
report European Commission

Summary: 29 May 2015, Brussels - Syrian refugee crisis: EU Trust Fund launches first response programmes for €40 million, helping up to 400,000 people in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq.

Today, the new EU regional Trust Fund in response to the Syrian crisis, held its first board meeting and adopted European response programmes for € 40 million. It will provide aid to 400,000 Syrian refugees and host communities in need in Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq, focusing on education, livelihoods and food security targeting especially children and young people.

28 May 2015 description

Highlights

• Approximately 45,000 Palestine refugees from Syria (PRS) are recorded with UNRWA in Lebanon (12,700 families).

• Due to a shortfall in funding, UNRWA will be forced to significantly reduce cash assistance in the coming months.

• PRS in Lebanon are becoming increasingly vulnerable, with UNRWA cash assistance representing the main source of income for 95 per cent of PRS in Lebanon.

28 May 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

· UNICEF Syria participated this month in inter-agency cross-line convoys which provided humanitarian assistance to hard-to-reach locations delivering health, nutrition, WASH and education supplies to an estimated 125,575 beneficiaries.

· In Lebanon, UNICEF supported the enrolment of 67,490 Syrian refugee children and 11,600 vulnerable Lebanese children in formal public schools.

28 May 2015 description

SITUATION ANALYSIS

Progress in the livelihoods sector remain in line with those noted in March, with activities concentrated on providing rapid-income generating activities and support to employability, and results slowly emerging in the newer areas of work of the sector. In addition, partners’ reports show a definite increase in the coverage of the sector. Nine partners reported livelihoods activities in 47 cadastres in April, the highest numbers to date.

28 May 2015 description

SITUATION ANALYSIS

In April, access to life-saving and obstetric hospital care has been provided to 4,470 Syrian refugees through a network of 64 contracted hospitals. Of these, 2,457 referrals were for delivery care. On a primary health care level, 98,456 consultations were offered for both the refugee and Lebanese populations throughout Lebanon. This included 7,088 pregnant women who received antenatal care.

28 May 2015 description

SITUATION ANALYSIS

On April 24, the Ministry of Social Affairs (MOSA) notified UNHCR 1,471 refugees who entered after January 5, 2015 and having subsequently registered should be deregistered. UNHCR was duty bound to comply but in doing so advised the GOL of its concerns. Since then UNHCR and MOSA have been in discussions on a new mechanism the GOL wishes to put into place.

28 May 2015 description

According to the results of the shelter survey conducted in March, 55% of the refugee population (approx. 660,000 individuals) live in poor shelters, namely informal settlement and sub-standard buildings. They are exposed to harsh weather such as wind and rain, which is compounded by a lack of appropriate sanitation. The top three needs expressed by this vulnerable group are: a) better waterproofing of roofs, b) better sealing of openings (doors, windows), and c) better insulation.

28 May 2015 description

SITUATION ANALYSIS

Cash assistance allows refugee families themselves to decide their most immediate needs and priorities and to spend accordingly. Experience has shown that the use of cash assistance has several advantages, particularly in Lebanon where refugees live in 1,700 localities, making on site distribution of traditional aid items extremely expensive and logistically difficult for agencies as well as beneficiaries.

28 May 2015 description

Highlights

  • ETC installed a UHF repeater in Hatay and Kilis during May to expand radio coverage in the south of Turkey close to the Syrian border. The repeaters are operating on Channel 1.

  • Approval is still pending from Syrian MOFA to import telecommunications equipment to support the humanitarian community in Syria.