Joint Rapid Assessment of Northern Syria - Final Report

Originally published


Joint Rapid Assessment in Northern Syria (J-RANS) January 2013

- Executive Summary -


This survey covered 45% of the six northern governorates, representing 34% of the total population, and found:

• 3.4 million people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance
• 1.1 million internally displaced people

o 3.4 million people in need of Food and Livelihood support
o 3.2 million people in need of Health support
o 3 million people in need of Shelter/NFI support
o 2 million people in need of WASH support

Priority Recommendations

  1. There is an urgent need to stop indiscriminate bombing and shelling and ensure protection of civilians, especially vulnerable groups such as children, women, older people and the disabled.

  2. There is an urgent need to scale-up cross-border as well as cross-lines assistance (including from Damascus) to reach vulnerable groups in the northern governorates, and in particular neglected areas such as Deir-ez-Zor (high priority) and some parts of Ar-Raqqa, Aleppo and Idleb. However, all areas covered in this assessment are in significant need.

  3. There are life-threatening gaps in medical, WASH and shelter assistance, and food is increasingly becoming a critical issue. Respondents identified food as their highest priority need overall.

  4. There is a need for more comprehensive (sectors of intervention and geographical coverage), systematic and regular assessment to provide an increasingly accurate and timely picture of needs that will allow relief actors to save lives.


The Joint Rapid Assessment in Northern Syria (J-RANS) was undertaken over a two-week period in mid-January 2013. The key purpose of the J-RANS was to provide strategic information on needs, key affected populations, priority sectors for intervention and to determine where assistance is reaching people.
The assessment was a collaborative effort between a range of humanitarian actors, supported by ECHO, DFID and OFDA and facilitated by the Assistance Coordination Unit (ACU). International needs assessment and GIS experts provided technical support.