Progress Since the last Sitrep
Since last WoS Nutrition SitRep, the Nutrition sector with its partners continued the provision of essential nutrition services from Damascus and Gaziantep.
The child protection sector in Syria is comprised of approximately 58 partners including, UN, INGO, Syrian NGO and government agencies operating in 13 governorates. The sector works to prevent and respond to abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence against children through strengthening community-based child protection programming, including psychosocial support, provision of specialized child protection services, mine/explosive remnants of war risk education and strengthening the capacity of frontline workers and volunteers to respond to child protection issues
The child protection sector in Syria is comprised of approximately 58 partners including, UN, INGO, Syrian NGO and government agencies operating in 13 governorates. The sector works to prevent and respond to abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence against children through strengthening community-based child protection programming, including psychosocial support, provision of specialized child protection services, mine/explosive remnants of war risk education and strengthening the capacity of frontline workers and volunteers to respond to child protection issues.
WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin
UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake
Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien
WHO Director-General Dr Margaret Chan
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi
1. Sector highlights
Particular advances were made in delivering preventive nutrition services. We have provided Lipid-based Nutrient Supplements (LNS) to 837,774 under 5 girls and boys, and counselling service on proper infant and young child feeding to 251,052 pregnant and new mothers .
2017 Requirements: US$354,638,896
Nutrition sector reached 3,000,000 children and pregnant and lactating women(PLWs) in need from January to November 2016 ,with curative and preventive nutrition services. This includes 1,061,668 girls and boys under-ve and PLW screened for acute under-nutrition, 29,581 Girls and Boys under 5 years and 3,223 PLWs were identied with acute under nutrition and treated.
By Yasmine Saker and Basma Ourfali
*Since renewed fighting in east Aleppo on 24 November, at least 40,000 people have been displaced within and from the area. Half of them are children. UNICEF teams in Aleppo are working with partners to provide life-saving assistance for all children.
By Yasmine Saker
Forced to flee fighting seven times in five years, 14-year-old Wahid from Aleppo has lost out on years of education. To support his family he left school to work as a shoemaker, but a UNICEF education bursary means he can now afford to get back to his studies.
TARTOUS, Syrian Arab Republic, 19 December 2016 – When a UNICEF team first met 14-year-old Wahid a few months ago, he was fetching water for his family in ‘1070’, a complex of unfinished apartment buildings in a neighbourhood of western Aleppo.
The overall humanitarian situation inside Syria continues to deteriorate. Ongoing military operations are hampering the delivery of essential humanitarian assistance to areas in Aleppo, Rural Damascus, Rural Homs, Idleb, Hama, Raqqa and Deir-ez-Zor. UNICEF and partners are scaling-up the provision of essential services and supplies to affected communities and displaced populations, particularly the most vulnerable.
UNICEF facing $38 million shortfall for winter supplies and cash assistance that could leave more than one million children in the cold
AMMAN, 20 December 2016 – Unseasonably cold temperatures and winter weather are sweeping across the Middle East, threatening millions of children affected by crisis in the region. UNICEF is facing a $38 million funding gap as it races to provide life-saving assistance – including warm clothing, blankets and winter supplies - to children and families as the cold settles in.
AMMAN, 19 December 2016 – “This morning, all 47 children trapped in an orphanage in east Aleppo were evacuated to safety, with some in critical condition from injuries and dehydration.
“The evacuation of these orphans, along with thousands of other children from east Aleppo in the past days is a glimmer of hope amid a grim reality for the children of Syria. Their safe departure is a testimony to the relentless efforts of humanitarians on the ground, working around the clock for children and their families.
NEW YORK, 16 December 2016 – “More than 2,700 children have been evacuated from east Aleppo in the past 24 hours, including some who were sick, wounded or without their parents.
“However, hundreds of other vulnerable children, including orphans, remain trapped inside that part of the city. We are extremely concerned about their fate. If these children are not evacuated urgently, they could die.
AMMAN, 13 December 2016, “As violence continues to escalate in Aleppo today, thousands of children are suffering in silence, and coming under brutal attack as the world watches.
“It is time for the world to stand up for the children of Aleppo and bring their living nightmare to an end.
“According to alarming reports from a doctor in the city, many children, possibly more than 100, unaccompanied or separated from their families, are trapped in a building, under heavy attack in east Aleppo.
By Shushan Mebrahtu and Basma Ourfali
As people continue to flee the besieged Syrian city of Aleppo, UNICEF is working to reach displaced families with the supplies they need to survive the brutal winter. Some children have lost or become separated from their families, leaving them even more vulnerable.