The fire started around nine in the evening. It was a dark and cold night in November. Ali and his family were in their tent in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley when a mass of electric wires behind an old television set surged and burst into flames. “It all happened very fast,” said Ali.
“I was so lucky to get my family out of the tent before anyone got hurt,” said Ali. “Thank God for that.”
Tens of thousands of women, children, and men have fled the northern Syrian city of Afrin amidst the ongoing and escalating crisis. With nowhere else to go, they have fled to villages and towns two hours northwest of Aleppo and are not being allowed to travel farther. They are in desperate need of food, shelter, safe drinking water, and health care.
Leen, 12, was at her school when it was hit by a mortar blast. Shrapnel ripped into Leen’s back, injuring her spinal cord.
The emergency squad of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) responded to the blast and found Leen, rescuing her from the rubble. Yet she was paralysed from the ribcage down.
For three years, aid workers had been providing relief to families as they fled from armed groups in Hawiga, Iraq. Medair knew that many families were still suffering inside the city, but we were unable to reach them.
In 2017, Medair and the humanitarian community were advised that fighting was anticipated in Hawiga, and mass displacement to the surrounding area was likely. We didn’t know when it would happen, but we knew thousands of families would be fleeing the conflict in urgent need of health care, safe water, and critical supplies.
1 Executive Summary
Lebanon is hosting at least one million Syrian refugees officially registered with the UN, many of them living in informal tented settlements and residential and non-residential buildings scattered around the country. Unfortunately, tented settlements and substandard buildings, due to their informality and spontaneity as they are built in an ad hoc manner, are at high risk of fire.
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Develop and strengthen Medair’s logistics capacity in the area of Logistics Country Program Support, Procurement, and contribute to the professional development of logistics within Medair. You will also be a key member of Medair’s Global Emergency Response Team (G-ERT) and available to deploy to emergency responses within 24 hours for a specific period of time.
Coordinate the creation, production and distribution of valuable, relevant, and consistent communications to attract and retain Medair’s core audiences in Switzerland — and ultimately, to drive donations.
Provide supervision and training to local staff to allow them to implement the programmes. The nutrition manager is also in charge of writing reports and keeping good data records, assist with ensuring adequate stocks, provide training to local staff as needed, and monitor overall nutrition situation and observe for potential outbreaks.
Develop, lead, monitor and evaluate the assigned health projects, effectively managing and reporting on the projects in line with the objectives, timeframe and budget with a focus on response to new crises requiring assessments and short-term interventions. Manage and oversee primary health care staff to meet international quality standards in health care delivery.
Provide technical advice and support to the field management and the WASH and Infrastructure staff. Develop, lead, monitor, and evaluate the WASH & Infrastructure aspects of the country programme. Coordinate and network at a senior level with national and regional WASH and Infrastructure authorities and other NGOs. Lead on all WASH and Infrastructure elements of proposals and reports, providing capacity building for national and international staff. Promote best practice in the WASH and Infrastructure programmes and contribute to the overall management of the country programme.