Needs continue to grow across the region, despite border closures there are now almost 4 million Syrian refugees, including over 2 million children. UNICEF has urgent funding needs of US$ 112 million over the next quarter, of which US$ 57 million is for Syria.
- In support of UNRWA, UNICEF this week participated in two cross-line inter-agency missions* to provide humanitarian assistance to families recently displaced from Yarmouk Camp.
- Most of the families were displaced to these three locations: Yalda, Babila and Beit Saham about 10 KMs south of Damascus.
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.
Over 230,000 others likely to miss out due to conflict
DAMASCUS, 24 April 2015- A 10-day measles immunization campaign is underway in Syria to protect children from this deadly disease. Launched on 19 April, the campaign is aimed at children between six months and five years of age. Vaccination will be provided in 1,209 health centres, and nearly 6,000 health staff and mobile teams are participating in the campaign.
With the conict in Syria now entering its fth year, the situation of more than 5.6 million children inside the country remains desperate. There are up to 2 million children who are living in areas of the country largely cut o from humanitarian assistance due to ghting or other factors. Some 2 million children in Syria are still out of school.
• In Syria, the 10th national polio vaccination campaign was carried out from 15-19 February, 2015. 2,989,659 children under five were vaccinated against polio including over 60,000 children in hard to reach areas, and 1,790 children reached for the first time in Homs, Dara’a, Damascus, Rural Damascus, Lattakia, Deir Ezzor and Qunietra.
• In Iraq, since January 2015, 92,787 Syrian refugees were able to access to safe drinking water in the camps, mostly through sustainable water systems.
Kuwait, 30 March 2015- As the Syria crisis enters its fifth year, UNICEF has been on the ground to meet the most urgent needs of children, with invaluable support from donors.
The State of Kuwait, one of UNICEF’s largest donors to the Syria crisis, has contributed nearly 90 million US$ to provide life-saving assistance to children impacted by the ongoing conflict.
Joint statement by:
- Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs - Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict - Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization - Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, World Food Programme - Antonio Guterres, High Commissioner for Refugees - Pierre Krähenbühl, Commissioner-General, UNRWA - Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF - Leila Zerrougui, Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict
As Syria crisis enters fifth year, more support urged for young adolescents
New York/Amman, 12 March 2015. Some 14 million children across the region are now suffering from the escalating conflict sweeping Syria and much of Iraq, said UNICEF today.
• In response to the harsh weather conditions at the end of December UNICEF emergency teams distributed winter clothing, blankets, heating supplies, cash and vouchers to 916,000 children in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey of the 1.3 million targeted. Since January 11th, UNICEF has provided additional winter support to just under 105,000 beneficiaries bringing the total to 1,020,825 beneficiaries reached since the start of the cold.
· Across the region, UNICEF vaccinated over 25 million children against polio including 2.9 million children in Syria alone resulting in the successful containment of the disease.
· UNICEF and partners provided water treatment chemicals to clean water for the network that reached 16.5 million people inside Syria, and has provided 2.1 million people with safe drinking water in host communities and camps in neighbouring countries