- UNFPA Regional Situation Report for Syria Crisis Issue No. 32 Period covered: 1-30 Apr 2015
- Migration Policy Institute: Syrian Refugees in Turkey - The Long Road Ahead, April 2015
- Refugees International: Birth Registration in Turkey - Protecting the Future for Syrian Children
Appeals & Funding
- Regional Refugee & Resilience Plan 2015-2016: Turkey
- Syria Crisis Guide to Giving
In Syria, the thirteenth national polio immunization campaign was carried out by the Ministry of Health with support from UNICEF and WHO from 22 to 26 March 2015 reaching 2,426,244 children under the age of five nationwide.
The Executive Board at its 136th session noted an earlier version of this report and expressed support for the proposals contained in the draft decision in that report concerning intensified eradication strategies and the removal of type 2 component of the oral poliovirus vaccine.
SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC
UNFPA delivers 48,800 reproductive health and family planning services to 16,270 women during the reporting period. Provides gender-based violence screening services to 720 women; of these, 165 women turned out to be gender-based violence survivors in Damascus and Rural Damascus.
UNFPA organizes six awareness sessions on early marriage to 90 women leaders from both the Syrian and Lebanese communities and distributes 200 pamphlets on early marriage and reproductive health.
WFP continues to provide support to approximately 154,000 Syrian refugees in 11 camps through the e-food card programme, in collaboration with the Turkish Red Crescent. The e-food card provides a monthly amount of 50 TL per person.
During the month of March, IOM field team in Hatay provided NFIs for 354 families (1,962 individuals) living in Kirikhan, Hassa, Kumlu and surrounding villages in Hatay province. In Hatay, coal and stoves were provided for 564 individuals (86 families) by IOM and its implementing partner, under winterization assistance.
During March, IOM through its implementing partner continued supporting 3,987 individuals living in Kirikhan through the provision of vouchers.
With UNFPA's support, three national NGOs are providing counseling focused on sexual and reproductive health, and gender based violence, to Syrian refugees residing out of camps in Mersin and Sanliurfa provinces. It was reported that through these arrangements, 1,139 women received psycho-social services (PSS) in March 2015.
During March, UNHCR conducted a number of focus group interviews with refugees across South East Turkey in order to better understand their needs and concerns. Direct engagement with refugees forms an important part of response planning in order to ensure that interventions are appropriate and address the immediate needs of refugee families.
Registration of camp and non-camp Syrian refugees continued to take place during March 2015 under the supervision of Ministry of Interior. By the end of March 2015, 1,741,374 Syrians were biometrically registered, reflecting an additional 66,047 individuals registered during the reporting period, which almost completes the registration of Syrians in Turkey as per government reports.
Jeddah, KSA, 29.04.2015 –The 304th meeting of the Board of Executive Directors of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) chaired by IDB Group Chairman, Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali, ended on 27 April endorsing a US $7 million grant approval from the IDB Group as support to education of war-afflicted Syrian children in Syria and neighboring countries, among other development project financing.
By Ahmet İçduygu
There are millions of Syrians today who are living without a home. Almost 12 million women, men, and children are displaced either inside or outside of Syria. But within this population, there are tens of thousands for whom “home” is challenging even to define. These are the babies born to those displaced Syrians. In Turkey, where an RI team studied the issue in March, more than 60,000 Syrian babies have been born in exile, and these numbers will continue to increase as the civil war rages on.
In Q1-2015, FAO’s global cereal price index fell a further 13 percent year-on-year. It is now 5 percent lower than in Q4-2014.
Real prices of wheat have fallen by 10 percent over the last quarter. Prices are 20 percent lower than in Q1-2014 and at their lowest levels since mid-2010, thanks to large supplies, favourable production forecasts and strong export competition.
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FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
Winter grains production in 2015 forecast to increase from previous year’s drought-reduced level
Below-average cereal harvest gathered in 2014
Cereal imports expected to increase, exports to decline in 2014/15
Aggregate food price index increases
Favourable production outlook for 2015 winter grains
Disaster in the Mediterranean Sea
Mediterranean boat capsizing: deadliest incident on record
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan TD, today (Sunday) announced additional humanitarian funding of €2 million in response the ongoing crisis in Syria and the region, as well as funding of €9.5 million for the worldwide operations of two of Ireland’s key humanitarian partners, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Minister Flanagan is currently in Turkey during the visit of President Higgins to the region. The Minister has met with Foreign Minister, Cavusoglu.
Approval was granted by Turkish MOFA in late March for the renewal of UN radio frequency licenses which will be used to expand radio coverage in south-eastern Turkey. ETC has installed a UHF repeater in Gaziantep to expand radio coverage in the south.
Approval is still pending from Syrian MOFA to import telecommunications equipment to support the humanitarian community in Syria.