The distribution of winter assistance continued across the region throughout the month of December. Partners in Turkey distributed winterization materials in addition to the regular non-winter NFIs. In total, over 295,000 individuals in Turkey were reached with winter supplies, including high-thermal blankets, anoraks, radiators and winter clothing.
Cash-voucher assistance to vulnerable Syrians has also been expanded to support the winterization needs of urban refugees. A total of 12,000 families are expected to be assisted with one-off winterization cash-voucher support by January 2016, after the ongoing needs assessment is completed.
In Lebanon, 257,250 vulnerable households were prioritized to receive assistance through the Inter-agency Winter Support Plan. By the end of December 2015, over 150,000 households received different cash for winter packages depending on their area of residence. An additional 40,000 households received in kind items such as clothing kits, stoves, blankets and fuel vouchers. A total of 35,966 households received multi-purpose cash assistance by December, an increase from 23,700 in October.
In Jordan, over 57,500 male-headed households and over 40,400 female-headed households received seasonal assistance by the end of December 2015. An estimated total of USD 103,519,545 has also been distributed in cash and voucher assistance, representing 94 per cent of the target for 2015.
In Iraq, winterization distributions continued in Duhok, Erbil and Sulaymaniyah governorates. Particular attention has been paid to the non-camp population, which was provided with winter items and cash for kerosene. Cash was provided in bank checks, covering two months consumption.
A total of 31,291 vulnerable Syrian refugees were assisted in Egypt through the provision of monthly cash grants, and more than USD 9.7 million was injected into the local economy through the monetization of assistance since the beginning of 2015.