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31 Dec 2014 description

DECEMBER HIGHLIGHTS:

In December, the regular Health Sector Coordination Meeting was held in Gaziantep, chaired by WHO and co-chaired by UNHCR. Experts from WHO Europe and Public Health Institute of the Turkish MoH carried out a polio review mission between 30 November and 6 December in the following provinces: Adana, Istanbul, Erzurum, Samsun and Diyarbakir. WHO and Gaziantep University are in preparation for refugee nurses / midwife training which is planned to be conducted in near future.

22 Dec 2014 description
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UNICEF 2015 Plan Highlights

• The WASH programme will continue the transition from first-phase emergency services to more sustainable, and costeffective systems, and reinforcing WASH services in areas impacted by refugee influx.

• Health programmes will increase access to health care for refugee and impacted host population, including strengthening routine immunization and campaigns especially for polio which continues to threaten the region.

19 Dec 2014 description
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Highlights

UNICEF sector leads in WASH, Education, Nutrition and Child Protection Working Group provided leadership in developing the 2015 Strategic Response Plan (SRP) for Syria which will officially be launched in December 2014. The humanitarian response articulated in SRP is within the framework of the Whole of Syria approach, which is bringing together humanitarian actors working from inside Syria or neighbouring countries for the first time, aimed at increasing the overall effectiveness of the response.

18 Dec 2014 description
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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.

17 Dec 2014 description
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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.

08 Dec 2014 description
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NEW YORK/GENÈVE, 8 décembre 2014 – Pour des millions d’enfants, l’année 2014 aura été marquée par la peur, le désespoir et l’horreur, à cause des conflits de plus en plus graves au cours desquels ils ont été exposés à une violence extrême et à ses conséquences, ils ont été recrutés de force et ils ont été pris expressément en cible par des groupes armés, a affirmé l’UNICEF aujourd’hui.

30 Nov 2014 description

Minimum Initial Service Package training was conducted in Adana.

In November, the regular Health Sector Coordination Meeting was held in Gaziantep, chaired by WHO and co-chaired by UNHCR. WHO conducted capacity building training for 25 Syrian medical doctors in Turkey between 24th and 29th November 2014.

03 Nov 2014 description
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Highlights

  • On 23 October, the revised Strategic Response Plan for Iraq (SRP), was launched, with a US$ 2.2 billion appeal to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of 5.2 million vulnerable people. As part of the SRP, UNICEF is appealing for a total of US$329.6 million to the end of 2015.

03 Nov 2014 description

SEPTEMBER HIGHLIGHTS:

In September, 4 of the UNHCR procured prefabricated health clinics have been delivered in Ceylanpinar (urban and camp), Nizip (camp) and Viransehir (camp). The remaining 6 clinics are expected to be delivered by December 2014.

26 Oct 2014 description
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Hopes rise that disease outbreak has been contained

Amman, 24 October 2014 - As the world marks World Polio Day, UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners across the Middle East are bolstering efforts to contain a polio outbreak triggered by the conflict in Syria and Iraq last year.

26 Oct 2014 description
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Highlights

  • 40,000 people have been displaced within and from Anbar Governorate, during the recent increase in violence, with some suffering secondary and multiple displacements.

  • The ongoing insecurity is affecting the October/November wheat planting season and livestock herders, and while current nutritional assessments of IDPs show no signs of concern, a protracted crisis could lead to medium-term food insecurity, directly impacting the healthy development of a generation of young Iraqis.

21 Oct 2014 description
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Highlights

  • Heightened insecurity in northern Syria has resulted in fresh displacement of Syrian refugees into Turkey and Iraq, as well as internal displacement inside Syria. The insecurity has impacted on the humanitarian situation in northern Syria, limiting access. Meanwhile the Syrian civil war continues unabated, as witnessed by explosions near two elementary schools in Homs city on 1st October killing 29 children and injuring 37 more.

06 Oct 2014 description
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Highlights

• 18,642 IDPs benefited from UNICEF’s Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) within last week. UNICEF’s partners NRC, Mercy Corps, DRC, Save the Children and ACTED distributed urgently needed relief items including bottled water, buckets, high-energy biscuits and hygiene kits to IDPs with immediate needs in targeted locations including Zakho, Daquq and Kirkuk Districts in Dahuk and Kirkuk Governorates.

03 Oct 2014 description

AUGUST HIGHLIGHTS:

During August 2014, experts from UNHCR and MoH continued to inspect the constructions of the 10 prefabricated health clinics, 2 of which are expected to be delivered in September 2014.

23 Sep 2014 description
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Highlights

  • As the conflict in Syria continues unabated, there are now over 3 million refugees from Syria across Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and Egypt. Over 50 per cent of the Syrian refugees are children.

  • The crisis in Iraq is compounding the humanitarian situation in neighboring countries. There are now 5,000 Iraqi refugees in a camp in Al-Hassakeh region in Syria, and 16,000 Iraqi refugees in the south-eastern Turkish province of Sirnak who require humanitarian assistance.

23 Sep 2014 description
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ERBIL, 23 September 2014 – A mass polio immunization campaign that was carried out this week in the midst of ongoing violence in Iraq has concluded successfully in all 18 Governorates throughout the country. The campaign was the first national polio vaccination activity since May.

23 Sep 2014 description
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By Ruth Ansah Ayisi

For young Syrian children who fled the conflict in their home country, a UNICEF-supported preschool programme in Egypt helps give them stability and the chance for a new future.

CAIRO, Egypt, 22 September 2014 – As his kindergarten teacher coaxes Oudi to talk about his favourite activity, the 4-year-old twists his fingers and stares straight past her, fixing his large eyes on something only he can see.