For the first time participants from Central Bekaa sat together to discuss the conflicts dynamics they are facing, as a result of the Syrian displacement and think of potential solutions to the different challenges and come up with a crisis management plan. Representatives from municipalities and organizations, stakeholders and social workers from Zahle, Bar Elias, Majdel ’Anjar, Ta’alabaya, Sa’adnayel and Terbol took part in this session organized by the UNDP “Peace Building in Lebanon” project, with financial support of DFID, on 9 and 10 December in Chtaura Park Hotel.
Beirut, 18 December 2014 – WHO procured around 7000 pieces of medical equipment and clinic supplies to 180 primary health care centres across Lebanon, to reinforce the capacity of the Ministry of Public Health to deliver quality primary health care services with particular focus on comprehensive maternal and child health care.
The centres all over the country, especially in refugee concentrated areas, are facing an increased workload putting pressure on scarce resources. The increased demand for services is putting pressure on useable equipment leading to faster wear and tear.
The Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), Major-General Luciano Portolano, today chaired a regular tripartite meeting with senior officers from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) at the UN Position at Ras Al Naqoura crossing.
Statement by Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa on the Launch of the 2015 Strategic Response Plan for Syria (SRP) and the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP) 2015-16
Amman, December 18, 2014: “The Syria crisis represents the biggest threat to children of recent times. By the end of 2015, the lives of over 8.6 million children across the region will have been torn apart by violence and forced displacement. That compares to a figure of 7 million just one month ago.
As of 20 November, following a decision by the Cabinet, registered Syrian refugees in Jordan are no longer entitled to access free health services at Ministry of Health facilities. Syrian refugees are now charged the same fees as uninsured Jordanians. Whilst these fees are low, they are expected to increase hardship for many vulnerable refugees. UNHCR has been closely following up with the government and other agencies, and adopted a temporary assistance policy on 26 November to mitigate the immediate effects of the cessation of free health services.
Lebanon does not have formal refugee camps for those fleeing the conflict in Syria. Many Syrian refugees do not have the money to rent an apartment, and living in an informal tented settlement is the only option for the most vulnerable and impoverished households. Rajab is an informal tented settlement in Lebanon in the Western part of the Bekaa valley. The settlement is comprised of 360 tents and hosts 1,700 individuals, of which 70% are children and women.
It’s been a busy 2014 for everyone connected with ShelterBox. This past year we have sent aid to 25 different disasters and throughout this holiday season we will be looking back at how these responses have made a difference to families in need as a direct result of the support of our donors.
One disaster, which we have continued to respond to throughout the year, is the ongoing conflict throughout Syria, Lebanon, the Kurdistan region of Iraq and Jordan.
In 2013-14, our projects continued to help working men and women in developing countries learn income-generating skills, strengthen their human rights and workplace rights, and provide a better standard of living and greater hope for their children.
UN and partners launch major aid plans for Syria and region
BERLIN (18 December 2014) – As Syria’s war heads towards a fifth year, the United Nations and partners today launched a major new humanitarian and development appeal, requesting over US$8.4 billion in funds to help nearly 18 million people in Syria and across the region in 2015.
According to UNHCR 3,323,031 have now fled Syria.
More than 1.7 million of them fled in 2013 alone. During the course of 2013, an average of more than 4,700 people fled every day. Children make up 53.3% of the refugee population, meaning there are an estimated 1,727,976 refugee children in the region
Fadia* balanced the tarp sheets on her right shoulder, lifted her one year-old daughter under her right arm, and walked unsteadily towards her tent, her plastic sandals squelching through the soft mud.
Fadia hails from Northwestern Syria and has been living with 30 families in one of many informal refugee settlements in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley, since they fled the war in their country. This is her third winter in Bouday, a small town nestled amid tobacco fields at an altitude of 1,000 meters.
One tent for two families
UNICEF has received 64% of funding against the Syria SHARP and sub-regional RRP6 appeals for 2014, Turkey remains the most under-funded country with a 50% funding gap against the appeal. UNICEF in Syria has a funding gap of over 40%. Education remains the least funded sector with only 50% of funds received in the year to date.
To protect children and their families against the eects of winter 217,600 clothing kits for most vulnerable IDPs are being distributed in Syria. Across the countries hosting Syrian refugees 625,000 children have received warm winter clothes or vouchers.
16 December 2014 – Having raised $88 million in a 10-day global fundraising effort, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today said its funding for December 2014 was secure and the agency could resume providing food assistance through electronic vouchers to 1.7 million refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Turkey.
As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £700 million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis, including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region.
Snapshot 10–16 December
Iraq: 700,000 IDPs, mostly in Dahuk and Anbar governorates, are living in shelters that are not adapted for winter temperatures. 945,000 IDPs are in dire need of kerosene for heating.
Afghanistan: Kabul has been hit by at least 12 suicide attacks since early November, with more attacks also carried out elsewhere, fuelling concerns about the protection of civilians.